Public Interest Law Initiative


Alliance for the Great Lakes

http://www.greatlakes.org/

The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource through policy, education and local efforts aimed at preserving the Great Lakes region as a national treasure. To that end, we draw on many resources, working with teachers, scientists, economists, legal specialists, government representatives, communities and individuals.

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago

http://www.advancingjustice-chicago.org/

Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Chicago (“Advancing Justice—Chicago”) is a pan-Asian, non-partisan, non-profit organization located in Chicago, Illinois, whose mission is to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, coalition-building, education, and research. Advancing Justice—Chicago is part of a national affiliation with affiliates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Advancing Justice—Chicago’s programs include legal and policy advocacy, community organizing, and leadership development.

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Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/clinic/

The Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic is the legal clinic of the Northwestern University School of Law. The Clinic serves low-income persons with civil, juvenile and criminal legal problems. PILI Fellows work under the supervision of Clinic faculty on a variety of matters, including juvenile justice, immigration, civil matters, entrepreneurship/economic development issues, and death penalty and criminal cases.

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Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)

http://www.bpichicago.org

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) is a public interest law and policy center that focuses on transforming segregated public housing, increasing the supply of affordable housing, addressing the foreclosure crisis, improving public education, and helping restore open, honest, responsible, and accountable government in Illinois.

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CARPLS

http://www.carpls.org

CARPLS is a legal aid hotline that provides advice, information, and referrals to low-income residents of Cook County. Our mission is to increase access to the legal system for low-income people through our hotline work, as well as through Self-Help Projects, which include written and web-based pro se and client education materials, and our court-based advice desks, which prepare clients to represent themselves on pro se matters.

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Catholic Charities Legal Assistance

http://catholiccharities.net/ccla

The mission of Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA) is to provide access to compassionate and competent legal assistance to the economically disadvantaged in the Chicago area. CCLA has four full-time staff attorneys and numerous volunteer attorneys and paralegals who receive requests for assistance in a variety of areas of the law including, but not limited to, family law, housing, consumer and immigration.

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Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

http://www.caase.org

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) envisions our community free from all forms of sexual exploitation and seeks to achieve that by addressing the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual violence. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services. CAASE is the primary legal referral for all […]

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Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children

http://legalcouncil.org/what-we-do/new-programs/

The Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children is a legal partnership with medical providers serving pediatric patients with significant health challenges with the ultimate goal of improving children’s access to a full-range of social, educational, developmental, medical and legal services and supports and removing systemic barriers.

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Cook County Office of the Public Guardian -
Adult Guardianship Division

http://www.publicguardian.org/

The Adult Guardianship Division serves as guardian for approximately 800 adults with disabilities who need a guardian but who have no appropriate family or significant others to act as guardian. As guardian, the office is responsible for making decisions on behalf of the people we serve in all areas of their life including medical care, end-of-life issues, placement, and financial and legal decisions.

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Cook County Office of the Public Guardian-
Juvenile Division

http://www.publicguardian.org

Attorneys in the Office of the Public Guardian’s Juvenile Division represent nearly 6,000 children, from birth to age 21, alleged to have been abused or neglected by their parent or guardian. The Division has over 130 attorneys, child interviewers, investigators, and support staff. Attorneys in the Juvenile Division are assigned to a child protection courtroom and represent a caseload of children with cases pending in that courtroom.

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Elder Law & Miscellaneous Remedies (ELMR) Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

http://www.cookcountycourt.org/ABOUTTHECOURT/CountyDepartment/ElderLawMiscellaneousRemediesDivision

The Elder Law & Miscellaneous Remedies (ELMR) Division, Circuit Court of Cook County hears matters that involve litigants age 60 and older pertaining to the Adult Protective Services Act; the Illinois Power of Attorney Act; Domestic Violence offenses and certain criminal offenses in which the victim is age 60 or older.

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Equip for Equality Graduate Fellows – Various Locations

http://www.equipforequality.org

Equip for Equality, Inc. is a private nonprofit, statewide organization whose mission is to advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities by promoting the principles of equality, self-determination, and dignity. The five substantive priority areas of Equip for Equality are discrimination, community integration, safety from abuse and neglect, special education and self-determination.

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Equip for Equality Law Student Intern – Chicago

http://www.equipforequality.org

Equip for Equality, Inc. is a private nonprofit, statewide organization whose mission is to advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities by promoting the principles of equality, self-determination, and dignity. The five substantive priority areas of Equip for Equality are discrimination, community integration, safety from abuse and neglect, special education and self-determination.

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Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)

http://www.flapillinois.org

FLAP’s mission is to improve working conditions for immigrants, migrant, and seasonal workers in the agricultural and landscaping industries in Illinois; including low-income farmworkers, landscapers, snow plow workers, packinghouse workers, cannery workers, and meat and poultry workers. FLAP carries out this mission through outreach, community education, community legal education, litigation, and referrals.

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First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA)

https://www.first-defense.org/

First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA) provides free, 24-hour, legal representation to people in Chicago Police Department custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights. FDLA undertake these activities to promote fairness and accountability in the justice system. FDLA also provides educational outreach, participates in community organizing, and engages in systemic reform activities.

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Illinois Legal Aid Online

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO), is a non-profit organization that uses technology to help people understand their legal options, make informed decisions and represent themselves in court when a lawyer is out of reach. ILAO evens the playing field for millions of Illinois residents with legal problems by offering 24/7 access to free, reliable legal information and tools on IllinoisLegalAid.org. ILAO serves as the central nervous system for legal aid in Illinois.

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Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission

http://www.illinois.gov/tirc

The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC) was formed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2009 to investigate claims of torture by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge or officers under his supervision.  TIRC examines claims of tortured confessions and determines whether sufficient evidence of torture exists to merit judicial review.  Convicts whom the […]

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Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship

http://ij.org/clinic

The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School, or IJ Clinic, is devoted to assisting lower income entrepreneurs with the legal intricacies of business ownership. A branch of the public interest law firm Institute for Justice, the IJ Clinic acts on the belief that legal tangles shouldn’t get in the way of inner city residents who dream of starting their own businesses

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Lawndale Christian Legal Center

http://lclc.net/

The Lawndale Christian Legal Center serves North Lawndale youth, age 24 and younger, who are currently involved in the adult or juvenile criminal justice system. LCLC serves youth diverted through the Juvenile Intervention Support Center (JISC), those with pending cases, and those on probation, supervision, or parole as LCLC stays with youth through their entire duration with the criminal justice system, from the time of arrest through the end of any sentencing period.

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Lawyers for the Creative Arts

http://www.law-arts.org

Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides legal assistance and education to artists and arts organizations of all kinds, the visual, performing, entertainment, and literary throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. LCA has two attorneys on staff who represent clients in-house and who manage a volunteer attorney referral program. Most matters are referred to LCA’s hundreds of volunteer attorneys, but much work is handled in-house.

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Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

http://www.lcbh.org

The Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) believes that every individual and family is entitled to decent housing as a basic need and human right. LCBH promotes the rights of tenants to safe, accessible, and affordable housing on a non-discriminatory basis through education, outreach, supportive services, advocacy, and legal representation. LCBH has been providing legal services to low-income renters in Chicago for over 31 years.

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Legal Council for Health Justice

http://www.legalcouncil.org

Legal Council for Health Justice (formerly known as AIDS Legal Council of Chicago) is the only organization in metropolitan Chicago exclusively devoted to providing legal services and legal information/advocacy to persons affected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (“HIV”) including: employment; insurance; discrimination; bankruptcy; HIV testing; confidentiality; immigration; estate planning; guardianship; and public benefits.

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Loyola Community Law Center Clinic

http://www.luc.edu/law/experiential/community_clinic.html

The Community Law Center and its legal clinics are affiliated with the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The Community Law Center serves low-income persons with a variety of civil legal problems. PILI Fellows of the Community Law Center will represent clients in disability claims, family law litigation, elder law, and in defense of eviction and consumer debt suits.

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MacArthur Justice Center

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/macarthur/

The MacArthur Justice Center is a non-profit public interest law firm established in 1985 to litigate for human rights and social justice. The Center concentrates on cases raising significant criminal justice issues, such as opposing the government’s use of unjustified detentions in the war on terror; improving the quality of representation for indigent defendants; promoting acceptable conditions of incarceration and alternatives to incarceration; compensating the wrongfully convicted; and limiting the availability of firearms to unauthorized persons.

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Prairie State Legal Services Graduate Fellows – Various Locations

http://www.pslegal.org

Prairie State Legal Services is the civil legal services provider in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. In almost all of those counties, Prairie State is the only source of civil legal aid for low-income, elderly and disabled residents. Prairie State provides excellent opportunities for fellows to perform meaningful work and gain valuable experience by assisting clients who need legal help to address basic needs issues. Prairie State has 12 local offices, all of which are possible locations for a Fellowship.

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Prairie State Legal Services Law Student Intern – Peoria Office

http://www.pslegal.org

Prairie State Legal Services is a not-for-profit law firm that provides civil legal services at no fee to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. In almost all of those counties, Prairie State is the only source of civil legal aid for low-income, elderly and disabled residents. This summer Internship position is available in our Peoria service office, which assists clients in 10 counties in central and western Illinois.

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Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

http://www.povertylaw.org

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides free legal representation to low-income persons and groups in Illinois on a wide range of public policy issues. The Shriver Center represents clients before legislative bodies and administrative agencies, in class actions, and in individual cases with broader policy implications. Some of our main public policy areas include public benefits, health care, employment, housing, asset opportunity, criminal background, budget and tax, domestic violence and child support.

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights

http://www.hhs.gov/ogc

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), promotes and ensures that people have equal access to, and opportunity to participate in, and receive services from all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination. OCR also ensures that the privacy and security of individuals’ health information is protected while ensuring access to care. Through prevention and elimination of unlawful discrimination, and by protecting the privacy and security of individually identifiable health information, OCR helps HHS carry out its overall mission of improving the health and well-being of all people affected by its many programs.

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of General Counsel

www.hhs.gov/ogc

With over 400 attorneys nationwide located in nine headquarters offices and ten regional offices, the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) provides a full range of legal services to HHS, the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Our work presents complex and challenging social, economic, scientific, ethical and legal issues, issues that affect the lives of virtually all Americans

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