Uptown People’s Law Center

For over 35 years, Uptown People’s Law Center has fought for prisoners, tenants, and individuals seeking Social Security benefits. Our deep roots and location in the Uptown community, as well as decades of experience fighting on behalf of prisoners, have provided UPLC with unique and valuable insight into the lives of community residents who seek our help. Every year, UPLC provides referrals, legal advice, and direct representation to hundreds of individuals and families seeking Social Security disability income and/or who are enduring landlord-tenant disputes. Additionally, we have 7 class action lawsuits, 4 impact lawsuits, and 16 individual cases filed against the Illinois Department of Corrections.

PILI fellows can expect to assist in each of our program areas: Prisoners’ Rights, Tenants’ Rights, Social Security Disability. Fellows will have the opportunity, amongst other things, to observe and conduct interviews with clients inside prison, prepare for and attend depositions, assist with federal court proceedings, conduct legal research, prepare memoranda, review medical records, gather discovery, draft briefs and appear in court alongside our attorneys. Those fellows with a 7-11 license may also appear on status calls and argue motions.

Uptown People’s Law Center is approved to host Graduate Fellows.