May 2016 eNewsletter

“Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Those were the words of President Lyndon B. Johnson 50 years ago, kicking off the War on Poverty that gave birth to the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, and, eventually, to the LAF we…

Pro Bono Victory: Rahul’s Story

Roughly 21 million people are currently forced into labor worldwide. One such story begins in 2009, when Rahul fled political persecution in India…

Let’s Do Lunch

The First in LAF’s 2016 Brownbag Roundtable Series: Meet the LAF Housing Practice Group The LAF Housing Practice Group has been doing pioneering work of late.  Some cases have created headlines, like the win for Cabrini-Green residents that’s been covered across local news.  Other cases are poised to be groundbreaking, involving civil rights issues like…

Reflections on the Importance of Legal Aid

Recently, Judge Robert Dow, a District Judge for the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the court liaison to our William J. Hibbler Pro Se Assistance Program, along with Associate Judge Elizabeth Joskins Dow, of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit (Will County) in the Family Division, wrote a wonderful tribute to LAF…