Eric Fong Stands for…Efficiency

From an early age, LAF’s IT Supervisor Eric Fong knew he wanted to work with computers. “I like being able to teach people new ways of doing things that will save them time,” he says. “I try to be a force multiplier—so that people are able to do their jobs more efficiently.” He first became…

Denise Davis Stands for…Restoration

On top of physical and emotional trauma, victims of violent crimes are often burdened with overwhelming financial costs. Through the Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program, victims and their families can apply to be reimbursed for expenses accrued as a result of a violent crime, such as medical costs and loss of earnings. However, many victims…

Ian Jackson Stands for…Empowerment

Shortly after graduating college, Ian Jackson and his roommates ran into an issue with their landlord. Frustrated and unsure how to proceed, they reached out to student legal services for guidance. After meeting with a legal assistant, they took the issue to small claims court and won their case. “That experience inspired me to go…

Kenya Burnett Stands for…Community

While advances in treatment for HIV allow those affected to live longer and reduce their risk of transmission, stigma and discrimination can deter people from getting the help they need. “People definitely face discrimination based on their status, and it manifests itself in different ways,” says Kenya Burnett, Senior Attorney in LAF’s Public Benefits Practice…

Jonathan DeLozano Stands for…Teamwork

“Working with clients is all about teamwork—like it’s you and your client against the world,” says Jonathan DeLozano, Northwestern Fellow and Attorney in LAF’s Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group. “It’s like they’re the king and I’m a knight, and we’re going out there together to face whatever forces of evil are at play.” Jonathan…

Kate Gladson Stands for…Education

Before attending law school, Kate Gladson, now a Staff Attorney in LAF’s Children and Families Practice Group, worked as a middle school teacher in Kansas City. During the summer after her first year of teaching, her school district closed nearly half of its 61 schools. “Seeing how that impacted my students—especially those with Individualized Education…