For the sixth year in a row, Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., is at the helm of sponsoring LAF’s Annual Golf Outing, in partnership with the global business advisory firm FTI Consulting. Brinks attorney Brad Lane, a partner experienced in patent and trade secret litigation, has been instrumental year after year in urging attorneys to volunteer their time on matters referred by LAF, as well as securing the firm’s support for the annual golf outing, one of LAF’s most enjoyable annual events.
In addition to being an advocate for LAF at Brinks, Brad has been a long-time supporter of LAF: “I support LAF because of the wide array of legal aid services LAF offers to our community, and its willingness to include the private bar in its mission. Based on my experience in interacting with LAF on various pro bono referrals over the past 15 years, it has been a truly win-win experience — our attorneys have contributed their time to LAF referred matters, and/or have made financial commitments to LAF, and in return have received rewarding pro bono experiences and made positive contributions to the community. Supporting LAF by way of sponsoring the annual LAF golf outing is another example of how Brinks supports this extraordinary legal aid organization’s mission.”
LAF is dedicated to ensuring that low-income individuals and their families receive advocacy, legal representation, and support services in a variety of civil legal areas, including Consumer, Housing, Family, and Public Benefits law.
LAF is thrilled to have Brinks co-sponsoring the Annual Golf Outing again in 2016, and we are deeply grateful to Brad for his continued support of our work!
Come tee off with LAF on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Harborside International Golf Center! Tickets and sponsorships for the Sixth Annual Golf Outing are available now.
Thank you Brinks Gilson & Lione, and thank you Brad!
Last month at our Annual Luncheon, LAF presented the Jerold S. Solovy Equal Justice Award to Daniel Lindsey, a Supervisory Attorney in our Consumer Practice Group. This award is given annually to one attorney on LAF’s staff whose work embodies the work of Jerold Solovy, a proud Chicagoan who worked to change the legal system to improve the lives of people living in poverty. We are so grateful for Dan and all the work he does, both for everyone at LAF and our clients.
Read his speech from the Luncheon below, and you’ll get a sense of how much he cares about his work at LAF and in our community:
On Friday, June 19, LAF client Bhavika Kalani courageously told her story to a crowded ballroom of more than 500 people at our Annual Luncheon. She overcame an arranged marriage to an abusive husband in India, who moved their family to the U.S. and kept her living in fear. With LAF’s help, she was able to break free from her husband, obtain sole custody of her children, and start a new life for her family in the United States, with the security and freedom this country promises for all. You can read more of her story in LAF’s 2014 Annual Report and in LAF’s July eNewsletter.
In her Luncheon speech, she explained the impact LAF has had on her family and their lives:
“My boys finally have a peaceful life here. We are finally in a good place. I am working and taking computer classes. Om is a well-rounded eleven-year-old boy. He gets all A’s and behaves very well at school. Shivam is an energetic five-year-old boy who has no memory of his father. I take both my boys to temple and Sunday classes and swimming classes at YMCA every week. In the conservative Indian culture that I was raised in, marriage was a forever deal. I had never seen anybody divorced. For years, I believed this was going to be my life without any escape from the mental and physical abuse by my husband and his family. LAF helped me realize that women have rights and can seek help. I will forever be grateful for the mental peace I have today. I would like to give back to society by becoming a productive member of this society. I want every opportunity for my children to excel and be happy.”
We are proud of Bhavika’s bravery and grateful for her willingness to share her story.