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PILI Mourns the Passing of Roslyn Lieb

Roslyn Lieb (second from right) with members of the PILI Board of Directors.

PILI Life Director and former PILI Executive Director, Roslyn “Roz” Lieb, passed away in November 2023.

A graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Roz led several public interest law organizations in Chicago, including the Just the Beginning Foundation and PILI itself. For nearly ten years before that, she served as the Executive Director of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. While there, Roz began the bias crimes and school reform projects.

In her legal practice, Roz focused on matters involving housing and employment discrimination. Of particular note was Latinos United v. HUD and CHA, a case that opened up the public housing programs to underserved Latinos. She had also been appointed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to handle appeals in cases involving employment and prisoners’ rights issues.

Roz served as PILI’s Executive Director from 1997-2004 and began PILI’s Pro Bono Initiative among other accomplishments. Roz also served on the PILI Board of Directors prior to becoming Executive Director, serving as president from 1995-1997. Upon her departure from PILI as Executive Director, Roz was appointed as a Life Director for her significant contributions to PILI and public interest law. She served in that role until her passing.

Roz is survived by her sons, Laurence and Mark, and her grandchildren, Kathryn, Nicholas, and Annie. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Michael, who passed away in August 2022.

“The PILI Board of Directors and staff are saddened by Roz’s passing and thankful for her commitment to PILI and public interest law,” said PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann. “Roz was a beloved person and leader in the public interest law community. She will be fondly remembered and missed by all who knew her.”

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