LAF has appointed its new Executive Director, following the retirement of Diana White this summer. John Gallo, currently head of litigation at Sidley Austin LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, is active in civic work in the Chicago area. Throughout his illustrious career, John has demonstrated a deep commitment to providing pro bono counsel to indigent criminal defendants and others in need. He has also served on the board (most recently as chair) of Horizons for Youth, a nonprofit that helps children living in poverty become the first ones in their families to prepare for, attend, and graduate from college.
“When the opportunity to join LAF presented itself, I recognized immediately that it would allow me to follow my passion to provide a voice for those in need while helping an incredibly deserving organization continue to grow,” John said. “I’ve always felt that, as a lawyer, I have a responsibility to use my skills to provide services to individuals that otherwise could not afford legal representation. It is an honor to be selected to lead the city’s preeminent provider of legal services to people living in poverty and other vulnerable groups.”
Diana White, who will retire as Executive Director on June 30, 2017, says, “John is a great lawyer. He is also a real leader, helping people on his team do their best, and most satisfying, work. John is friendly, open-minded, enthusiastic, and empathetic. LAF is lucky to have found him.”
John will take office at LAF in the early fall, and will spend the summer getting to know us, our clients, and our work. Until John arrives, Kate Shank will be LAF’s Acting Executive Director. We are excited to welcome John to LAF and look forward to all he will bring to our work providing free civil legal aid to people living in poverty across Chicagoland – and getting them back on their feet.
A full press release is available here.