Victims, Survivors, and April eNewsletter

Often, our clients need our help due to situations that arise outside their control and that are not their fault.  These people could be described as victims – of abuse, of oversight mistakes, of circumstance – but most of them prefer to be identified as survivors.  Some of them include Shelmun’s client Ellen, who was nearly evicted…

Civil Legal Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assault

In the latest edition of LAF’s Brownbag Roundtable series, LAF attorneys spoke yesterday about the Comprehensive Legal Assistance for Survivors Project (CLASP), a collaboration between LAF, Pillars, and YWCA Evanston/North Shore that offers comprehensive legal assistance to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. “50% of sexual violence victims quit or are forced to leave…

Elephant in the Room: When your ZIP Code Makes you Sick

The Elephant in the Room is a new series written by LAF attorneys discussing their experience representing individuals in situations impacted by systemic racism. Names have been changed to protect privacy. Recently the Sinai Urban Health Institute released the findings from its Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0.  The study is the largest face-to-face public health…