Over the past five years, the LAF Young Professionals Board (YPB) has brought together a growing number of people from a diverse array of professions who are dedicated to supporting LAF’s mission. This support has come from both financial contributions and pro bono services to assist LAF attorneys in cases where special expertise is needed.
Veritext Legal Solutions has been an exemplary model of a company that has brought both financial and pro bono support to LAF through the engagement of YPB member Elizabeth Lewis, who co-chairs the YPB’s Social Committee and has helped plan some of the YPB’s most successful fundraising events. In addition to the work Elizabeth does on the Board, Veritext has sponsored a variety of LAF events, and hosted special outreach functions such as an ethics CLE training on June 18 (pictured here, with LAF’s Melissa Katt and Carrie Chapman, and Veritext’s Elizabeth Lewis). They have also been working with LAF’s Director of Advocacy to provide professional services to LAF staff with court reporting and deposition needs.
Nicholas Renillo, the Midwest Regional Vice President at Veritext explains: “As the nation’s leading court reporting agency, we support LAF because we believe that all individuals have the right to counsel who can advocate on their behalf. No individual should be denied access to our legal system because of the costs associated with litigation. Veritext is extremely proud of our partnership with LAF and we look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.”
LAF is very grateful to Veritext for its support, and to Elizabeth Lewis for the terrific work she is doing as a leader on the YPB. With the support of companies like Veritext and the advocacy of ambassadors like Elizabeth, LAF is able to expand its reach and assist more people living in poverty in Cook County.