Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI Alumni Spotlight: Adela Carlin, 1999 Intern

Posted on: October 1, 2013

adela_carlinAdela Carlin is the Director of the Community Engagement Unit (CEU) at LAF, an innovative program dedicated to outreach, education, and working with community organizations. Having grown up in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, Adela understands well the communities she serves and the challenges they face. She saw the impact of poverty on her own neighborhood from a young age and knew even back then that she wanted to dedicate her life to making a difference. The first of her family to graduate from college, Adela enrolled in law school at the University of Illinois in 1997 and served as a PILI Intern in 1999 before graduating and beginning her career at LAF in 2000.

Adela’s leadership has not gone unnoticed. In 2008, she received the Jerold S. Solovy Equal Justice Award, which recognizes an exceptional LAF attorney. Then in 2011, she was named one of the Distinguished Women Leaders of the year by La Raza newspaper. Most recently in 2012, Adela was awarded a distinguished CBF Sun Times Fellowship. “I have dedicated my entire legal career to helping individuals and communities,” Adela says. “I feel great joy and pride in my work, and I look forward to many more years of service to individuals and communities in need.”

Originally published Mar 2013. Read more PILI Alumni Spotlights »

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