eNewsletter - July 2018

LAF eNewsletter

July 2018

Short Salutation,


In this month's eNewsletter, we catch you up on our annual luncheon, share a couple of recent success stories, and introduce you Ainat Margalit, an outstanding senior attorney in our consumer group.


As always, we thank you for your continued support of LAF's work to make equal justice a reality in Chicago.



Annoucing LAF's new podcast: Legal Aid Matters 



On June 21st, LAF hosted our annual luncheon at the Palmer House. At this year’s event we heard inspiring speeches from honorees Judge Ann Williams and Ainat Margalit about how we can all fight for equal justice, and former LAF client Kathy Ismar shared her story of how LAF helped her keep her home and start a new chapter in life after her abusive husband left her on the brink of foreclosure. All of them delivered passionate and inspiring remarks to an audience full of loyal LAF supporters.


Check out all the photos from the event


Watch our client Kathy tell her story (video)


LAF's Larry Wood talks CHA's new smoking policy on Chicago Tonight 


As of July 30th, all publich housing units in the city of Chicago are smoke-free. LAF applauds the goal of creating healthier environments for public housing tenants by reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke, but we also recognize that the new policy may put some public housing residents at increased risk of being evicted. Housing Practice group director Larry Wood recently appeared on WTTW's Chicago Tonight program to discuss the new policy and its potential ramifications for Chicagoans living in subsidized housing.


Watch the interview


Picking up the pace for military veterans across the country 


LAF’s Veterans’ Rights Task Force spends a lot of time corresponding with the VA to resolve issues with benefits that military veterans are entitled to based on their service. Often, the first step in that process is simply getting the VA to produce a client’s medical and personnel records, and even with LAF attorneys’ legal expertise in a veteran’s corner, that can be an arduous task. But LAF attorney Cate Schur, recently won a victory that will make it easier to hold the VA accountable and get veterans what they’re owed faster than ever...


Read the full story


LAF staff enjoys their annual summer outing! 



Last Friday, the LAF staff (minus those of us who had court dates to get to) took the afternoon off to celebrate summer at our annual outing at Caldwell Woods. The kids got their faces painted at took a few swings at a piñata, the 10th floor staff triumphed over the 9th in a tightly contested game of kickball, and we all enjoyed plenty of sunshine.


Check out more photos on LAF's Facebook page