Denim Day 2018: LAF’s work for survivors of sexual violence

In honor of Denim Day and Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018, we would like to highlight some of LAF’s critical work in serving low-income survivors of sexual violence across Cook County. Emilia was abducted at age 17. For two years, the man who abducted her physically and sexually assaulted on a regular basis and, eventually,…

Fighting for the Poor and Vulnerable: March 2018 eNewsletter

Our core mission at LAF?  We fight for the poor and vulnerable.  Today let me unpack a couple of those seven words. “We” does not just mean LAF staff, but also includes the volunteers of all kinds who work at our staff’s side.  Those volunteers include folks of all kinds and from all generations.  Lawyers,…

Take Two Lawyers and Call Me in the Morning

A child in public housing may be able to get treatment for her asthma, but her doctor can’t force her landlord to remove the black mold that’s causing it. Likewise, a lawyer can’t provide treatment for a senior living with cystic fibrosis, but she can fight to ensure his utilities stay on so he can…

“Our children are watching.”

Last month at our Annual Luncheon, LAF presented the Jerold S. Solovy Equal Justice Award to Dennericka Brooks, a dedicated Supervisory Attorney in our Housing Practice Group. This award is given annually to one attorney on LAF’s staff whose work embodies the work of Jerold Solovy, an attorney whose life’s work was given meaning by…

Executive Director Introductions and June eNewsletter

At LAF’s Annual Luncheon two weeks ago, over 500 people celebrated the impact of LAF’s work in our community. We honored Kelly McNamara Corley of Discover Financial Services for her dedication to pro bono services for people living in poverty, and Dennericka Brooks for her passion and commitment to our clients. We also heard from…

May eNewsletter and LAF Awards

We’ve doubled down on proving how important LAF is by working harder than ever at making sure that people living in poverty have a fair shot at justice. And people seem to have noticed!