Today’s Justice is Served 2015 Sponsor in the Spotlight is a firm that has brought two dynamic and energized YPB members to the LAF community. Michael Cedillos and Barry Horwitz of Greenberg Traurig LLP have been vocal advocates for LAF at their firm, helping to secure critical support for the work LAF is doing to help the most vulnerable people in Cook County.
When asked why she supports LAF, Michael (pictured on the left), an Associate in the Litigation Department at Greenberg Traurig, mentioned the reality of the law and its limitations: “Not every life-critical legal issue is one for which you’re automatically entitled to an attorney. People have very real representation needs outside the criminal context and deserve competent representation and assistance.” Michael has been on the YPB since 2012 and serves on the YPB Social Committee.
Barry (on the right), who works in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice, co-chairs the YPB’s Outreach Committee, which organizes events and programs that raise visibility for LAF in the broader community. Since joining the YPB in 2014, Barry has been a dedicated leader on initiatives to bring awareness of LAF and the critical role of legal aid in the justice system: “I was really excited to develop the law school panel program in partnership with local public interest law programs, to raise visibility for LAF with the next generation of lawyers.”
Without the advocacy and leadership of dedicated YPB members like Michael and Barry, and the generous support of firms like Greenberg Traurig, LAF would be hard-pressed to sustain the assistance it provides to the clients who come through its doors every day. LAF is very grateful for their continued support in 2015.
Justice is Served 2015 will be held on April 10 at The Tortoise Club, featuring live entertainment from John Wade Jazz and a silent auction. Tickets for the evening are $150 and can be purchased here. All proceeds from the evening benefit LAF in its mission to provide free legal services to people living in poverty across the Chicagoland area. Learn more about LAF at www.lafchicago.org.