Public Interest Law Initiative


Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Address:

115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

Contact: Ken Walden

Website: http://www.accessliving.org

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Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago is a cross disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. We strive to enhance the opportunities of persons with disabilities to live individualized and satisfying lives. To this end, Access Living undertakes advocacy and service programs that reach the entire spectrum of disability from hearing and sight to physical and mental disabilities. Access Living’s mission includes addressing major impediments to independent living for people with disabilities, such as discrimination in housing, government services and public accommodations.

Access Living has a Civil Rights Team, which enforces federal, state and local civil rights laws — including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act — that prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. Attorneys and legal assistants counsel persons with disabilities about their civil rights, advocate for systemic change within the disability rights arena, and represent persons with disabilities in cases implicating important disability rights issues.

PILI Interns & Fellows interview clients, investigate cases, conduct legal research, and draft legal documents. Under the supervision of an attorney, Interns & Fellows often act as the main point-person on a few cases. A concerted effort is made to integrate Fellows into the day-to-day operations of the organization; hence, they participate in staff meetings, Team meetings and other relevant events.

This agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern during the summer of 2017. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.

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