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 and our 50th Anniversary.  They published it in the The Circuit Rider, the Journal of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and generously excerpted it for us.   You can read their Reflections here.

In it, they extol the work of legal aid providers like LAF, noting:

“legal aid services enhance the dignity and self-worth of clients, simply by giving individuals access to a lawyer who can help them navigate a complicated legal system. When clients obtain access to government benefits to which they are entitled, they sometimes can avoid dire circumstances, including homelessness and malnutrition. […] When clients find greater stability in their lives – whether through a job, access to health care, child support, an order of protection, or any other means – they often are better able to provide for themselves and less reliant on social services from the government or nonprofit providers such as Catholic Charities.”

We are deeply grateful for the Judges’ commendation, and urge you to read it for yourself to see how important LAF’s work is for our community.



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