Meet Gracie Gramelspacher, Eagle-Eyes

If Gracie Gramelspacher had a superpower, she says she’d want to fly.  But it’s not so she could get away from things – it’s to be able to see everything.  “It’s about the view.” Gracie is a paralegal in LAF’s Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group, where she has a unique view of LAF’s work…

A Fresh Look at Food Justice

Food insecurity—the condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food—is a patent symptom of poverty, so it’s no surprise that communities with the highest rates of food insecurity in Chicago largely overlap with the communities where LAF clients live and work. But with food insecurity linked to problems we see so many of our…

Meet Naeem Nulwala, Resource Ranger

Naeem Nulwala explains his job in very matter-of-fact terms, defining the boundaries of his work. “My job is to take in facts, come up with realistic outcomes, and do what I need to do to reach them.” But the cases Naeem handles as an attorney in LAF’s Children and Families Practice Group are rarely as…

Meet Matt Linas, Housing Jedi

  Much like Jedi use the Force to protect those in need, Matt Linas uses advocacy. Before he came to LAF, Matt was involved in community organizing around evictions and foreclosures. Now as LAF’s Housing Advocate, he serves low-income clients living with HIV/AIDS. “I came to LAF because I saw how powerful it is to…

Elephant in the Room: #MeToo

The Elephant in the Room is a new series written by LAF attorneys discussing their experience representing individuals in situations impacted by systemic racism. We are in the midst of a watershed moment in how we respond to sexual harassment at work. The #MeToo movement has created a demand for predators to be held accountable…

Meet Rachel Zemke, Savior of Stability

At LAF, clients never play the sidekick. Just ask Rachel Zemke, Equal Justice Works Fellow and Attorney in LAF’s Consumer Practice Group. “Being a counselor and a partner is an important part of being a lawyer,” she says. She interned with LAF during law school and noticed how many of LAF’s clients were women taking…