Legal Aid Matters Episode 2 with Larry Wood

Episode 2 of LAF’s new podcast Legal Aid Matters podcast is now available. The show features Larry Wood, Director of our Housing Practice Group, in conversation with host Nubia Willman. Larry has spent the last 28 years at LAF, and in that time become a leading expert on housing-related issues that affect people in poverty, especially…

Picking up the pace for military veterans across the country

LAF’s Veterans’ Rights Task Force spends a lot of time corresponding with the Veterans Administration (VA) to resolve veteran benefit issues. Since benefits are based on military service and discharge, the first step in the process is getting the VA to produce a client’s medical and personnel records. Even with LAF attorneys’ legal expertise in…

Winning as a team

Last December, Fatima flew to Bosnia with her husband Julian and their two young children to see Julian’s family, for what she thought was just a routine visit. But as their scheduled return date neared, Fatima realized that Julian didn’t intend for her or the kids to return to Chicago. Instead, he planned to keep…

Meet Ainat Margalit

Ainat Margalit is a Senior Attorney in the Consumer Practice Group at LAF where she focuses on homeownership preservation, bankruptcy and debt collection defense. She’s also the winner of the 2018 Solovy award, which she accepted at our annual luncheon last week. Ainat began work at LAF 6 years ago, after earning two law degrees…

A little advocacy goes a long way

Abigail came to LAF with an unusual problem. She was thirty-five years old and was born and raised in Chicago, but she’d never applied for a social security number. For most of her life, Abigail had lived with her mother, and she’d spent the last several years providing in-home care while her mother’s health declined….

Fighting for immigrant DV survivors, despite limits in the law

Below is a guest post from Nubia Willman, a supervisory attorney in LAF’s Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group. At LAF, we’re used to working with limited resources. No fancy messengers to deliver filings, no administrative assistance to put together trial exhibits—none of the frills you expect in a major law firm. Even without those…