“The opposite of poverty is justice.”

Last week, NPR’s Terry Gross did a captivating interview on Fresh Air with Bryan Stevenson, a human rights lawyer and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson’s work is not the same as LAF’s – he does criminal defense and fights for the rights of falsely accused death row inmates, and our work is…

October eNewsletter

October brings us crisp fall air and changing leaves.  October also gives us a chance to celebrate National Pro Bono Week and acknowledge Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  In this month’s eNewsletter, we showcase the incredible pro bono work our Young Professionals Board and volunteers are doing, and we recognize the efforts of LAF staff attorney Kulsum Ameji to combat Domestic Violence….

Why we do what we do: Becky’s story

Becky is a 27-year-old single mother, who was working as an office temp while she sought long-term employment to provide for her son.  The firm she was temping with told her they had no more work for her, so she applied for unemployment benefits and redoubled her job search.  To prove that she was eligible…

Public Benefits Update

The saga of the Managed Care roll-out in Illinois continues! After some delays, last week DHS began sending out the first batch of MMAI enrollment letters to individuals in Cook County who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS). MMAI is a managed care program specifically designed for the population known as dual eligible…