Legal Aid Matters Episode 06: Caitlin Cervenka

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, Caitlin Cervenka of LAF’s Children and Families Practice Group joins Nubia in conversation for this episode. They discuss the strategies Caitlin and her colleagues employ to advocate for survivors of violence in child custody and divorce proceedings, how low-income survivors experience violence differently than others, and,…

Legal Aid Matters Episode 3: LAF and CLC take on Chicago Public Schools

National Teacher’s Academy (NTA) is a high-performing (Level 1+) elementary school on Chicago’s near south side, serving students who are 80% African American and 80% low-income. In February, Chicago Public School approved a plan to close NTA and convert the campus into a new high school, despite the school’s remarkable success and despite the passionate…

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…

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…