LAF (Chicago)

Formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. Provides free legal services in non-criminal matters to people living in poverty in metro Chicago.
Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Illinois
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: LAF
Lists: LSC



How to save families from losing everything

Martha Bergmark, Thomas E. Perez
July 27, 2015
There is a resource for our communities that does not receive enough attention, yet is critical to ensuring that families not only stay afloat but move up the economic ladder: civil legal aid.


The Crimes of Children

Dylan Walsh
Atlantic, The
August 10, 2015
The juvenile justice system was designed to “hide youthful errors from the full gaze of the public.” But the extra penalties attached to these sentences have ruined many lives.

For migrant workers on Illinois farms, the job is hot, risky

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Chicago Tribune
August 6, 2016
There has been a sharp rise in the number of foreign farmworkers being brought in by employers on temporary agricultural work visas called H-2As, a trend some say is driven by a crackdown on illegal immigration.


Fretting about the Trump effect on legal aid

Claire Bushey
Crain’s Chicago Business
January 20, 2017
One organization that could be on the block is the Legal Services Corporation, which funds legal aid programs across the country.


Hands off Chicago’s legal aid funding

Bob Glaves, Chuck Smith
Crain’s Chicago Business
January 27, 2017
No principle is more fundamental to who we are as Americans than our nation's promise of justice for all.

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How President Donald Trump’s Budget Could Affect The Chicago Area

Dan Weissmann
March 16, 2017
The proposed budget would also cut into funding for groups that offer legal help in the Chicago area.


If Lakisha Roby had gotten the help she needed, she might be alive today

Aziza Khatoon
Chicago Sun-Times
March 23, 2018
I knew Lakisha because I was her attorney. She recently came to my office, which provides free civil legal aid to low-income residents of Cook County, because she needed representation in the divorce case against her husband.

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Failure to record Cook County eviction court hearings leaves tenants vulnerable

Olivia Stovicek, Mari Cohen
Injustice Watch
April 25, 2018
In a court division where a family can lose its home after a two-minute trial and only 12 percent of tenants have lawyers, the lack of court transcripts—with no court reporters or digital recording equipment since 2004—has serious repercussions.

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NTA Families Seek Injunction to Halt Controversial School Transition Plan

Matt Masterson
WTTW (Chicago)
August 1, 2018
If granted, that means CPS would be enjoined from enrolling high school students at NTA or even beginning any construction necessary for the transition until the parents’ lawsuit is fully resolved.


How Much Protection Do Protective Orders Provide?

Kimberly Lawson
August 9, 2018
Leaving a relationship can be extremely dangerous for domestic abuse victims. Domestic violence protective orders are intended to help women during this time—but advocates say the current system can also make them vulnerable to further abuse.

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