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…

Women rising for justice at work

Last week, LAF’s Immigrants and Worker’s Rights Practice group hosted the 3rd annual Modern Day American Worker Conference. This year’s event was entitled Over, Under, Through: Women Rising for Justice at Work, and centered on issues of discrimination, sexual violence, and financial exploitation in the workplace, all of which disproportionately affect women, low-wage workers, and…

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,…

Katten de Diego Clinic Celebrates Five Years

We’re proud to share that the Katten de Diego Community Legal Clinic celebrated its fifth year serving Chicago’s Humboldt Park and Wicker Park neighborhoods yesterday. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has had a longstanding relationship with the Jose de Diego Community Academy in the form of tutoring, school supply drives, a Lawyers in the Classroom program,…

Holistic help from medical-legal partnerships

Over the course of just a few months beginning last summer, Gary rapidly lost his vision to retinal detachment. At the age of sixty-one, he was without a source of income, unable to work, and as Kaitlyn Quigley, Gary’s attorney with LAF’s Public benefits practice group, notes, lacking some of the skills for living with…

Elephant in the Room: No Money, Mo’ Problems

The Elephant in the Room is a new series written by LAF attorneys discussing their experience representing individuals in situations impacted by systemic racism. “It’s a text-book example of institutional racism.” This was University of Chicago Professor Chris Berry’s conclusion when he testified, last summer, before the County Board discussing the disparate impact felt by…