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…

Broadening our impact

At LAF, we serve people in poverty mostly one at a time. The majority of our cases are interventions into crises facing just one individual or family, but often those crises are symptomatic of disadvantages that people with low incomes confront every day. So when we get the chance not only to make a difference…

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,…