Public Interest Law Initiative

The Community Law Project


100 North La Salle Street, Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Contact: Jody Adler


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The Community Law Project (formerly known as the Law Project) is a long-standing project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Since 1985, it has provided transactional pro bono legal assistance to community-based organizations involved in economic and affordable housing development. Through its work with these organizations, other programs have emerged including one that focuses on new entrepreneurs and another that provides representation to first-time, low-income home buyers. The majority of the work is done through its panel of volunteers composed generally of attorneys from Chicago’s law firms. Typically, the Community Law Project’s clients need assistance with securing tax exempt status, selecting an appropriate corporate structure, drafting and reviewing contracts and creating joint ventures with for profit corporations. Representation is often needed in the areas of real estate acquisition, zoning, and financing.

PILI Interns & Fellows conduct client interviews, do client follow-up, visit community organizations, draft tax exemption applications, by-laws, and articles of incorporation, and work with small business and home ownership clients. Interns may also write articles for the Community Law Project’s newsletter or research legal issues specific to Illinois Nonprofit Corporations.

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


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