eNewsletter - March 2016

   LAF eNews Update
March 2016   
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Meet Elizabeth Lewis
LAF Young Professionals Board Member Elizabeth Lewis 
with LAF Governing Board
Member Flip Corboy
LAF is proud to congratulate Young Professionals Board leader Elizabeth Lewis, an Account Executive at Veritext Legal Solutions, for winning the prestigious 2015 Veritext Incredible Performance Award, honoring her for achieving the largest gross profit percentage gain, year over year, as a member of their business development team.
As a leader on LAF’s Young Professionals Board, Elizabeth has also helped elevate LAF’s fundraising efforts to new heights of quality and success, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have her on our team too.  She has been on the YPB since 2011, and has been on the Executive Committee for the last three years.  She fills a crucial role in the YPB's efforts to raise funds and visibility for LAF, through planning fundraisers and other events.  
“I really enjoy being a part of an organization that helps protect the rights of less fortunate members of our community. The members of the YPB are very dedicated to this cause and I love feeling like we are all a part of LAF’s success and good deeds. When you have limited financial resources, life can spiral out of control very quickly and you need somewhere to turn. LAF is a necessary resource for those who are easy targets of predatory lenders, wrongful termination by bad employers, and unfair housing practices.”
Congratulations on your impressive accomplishments, Elizabeth, and thank you for everything you do for LAF!
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A special message
from LAF
Executive Director
Diana C. White
I am so pleased to thank Sidley Austin LLP for their incredible support of LAF. In honor of LAF's 50th and Sidley's 150th Anniversaries this year, the firm has increased its financial contribution by 50% to $150,000 for 2016. We're thrilled to announce that so far, many more firms have joined them in pledging to increase their support to LAF this year, including Jenner & Block LLP, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, DLA Piper LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP, The PrivateBank, Paul Hastings LLP, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, Thomson Reuters, Veritext Legal Solutions, Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLP, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Bartlit Beck Palenchar & Scott LLP, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
As always, on behalf of the staff, the Board, the YPB, and all the clients we serve here at LAF, I also want to thank you for your continued support of our work.  When corporations like Sidley and people like you invest in LAF, you are investing in making lasting change in the lives of people living in poverty and improving our community.  
Diana C. White
LAF Executive Director
Save the Date: June 17th 
YOU are the Honoree at 
LAF's 50th Anniversary Luncheon!
In celebration of LAF's 50th Anniversary, you're invited to join us for a Luncheon fifty years in the making!  
Join LAF's past and present community on Friday, June 17th, at the Palmer House Hilton to celebrate a half century of incredible work and to honor everyone who helped LAF reach this milestone anniversary.  A table for ten costs $5,000, and individual tickets cost $150 (with an alumni discount price of $100 for former LAF staff).  These will be available for purchase online soon.  
LAF alumni are also invited to a special reunion cocktail party after the Luncheon to catch up with old friends and share new stories.  More information will be shared in the coming weeks.  
Justice was Served! 
50th Anniversary Kicked Off at Party on March 4th
Event Emcee Flip Corboy (top) speaks to a room of happy
party-goers celebrating LAF's work (middle and bottom)
On Friday, March 4th, 2016, LAF formally kicked off its 50th Anniversary at its annual Spring event Justice Is Served.  This special evening at The Tortoise Club launches our yearlong celebration of a half century of providing free legal services to the most vulnerable people in the Chicago community.  
The event featured amazing liquor and food, live entertainment, and an impressive silent auction, all emceed by LAF Governing Board member Philip H. Corboy, Jr.  More photos are available on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  
LAF Scores Huge Unemployment 
Victory in Illinois Supreme Court
 Miriam and Tim at the Illinois Supreme Court last November
Last fall, LAF attorneys Miriam Hallbauer and Tim Huizenga appeared before the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of a client who was denied unemployment insurance benefits even though her former employer had no evidence she’d violated any workplace policies.  This was the first misconduct case the Court had heard in years, and lower courts had substantially watered down the misconduct requirement (which disqualified a worker from getting benefits), from a deliberate violation of a known rule to anything the employer could call misconduct.  Because of Miriam and Tim’s work, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down an opinion that squarely rejects the lower courts’ interpretations, noting that “an employee should not be disqualified unless she engages in conduct she knew was prohibited.”  This decision will have an enormously beneficial impact for our clients and others seeking unemployment insurance benefits.  Congrats to Miriam and Tim on this wonderful victory!
LAF Keeps Fighting for Elisa's Protection 
Appeals Court Gives Client a
Second Chance at Safety
Elisa had been in a relationship with Juan for 17 years, and the couple had four children together, when she told him she wanted to break it off.  He got angry and abusive towards her, inflicting physical, emotional, sexual, and verbal abuse over the next few months.  Elisa secured an emergency order of protection, but Juan continued to contact her and violate the order.  
When Elisa went to court for a permanent Order of Protection, the judge found that she had proved everything she needed to get one.  Nonetheles, he issued a civil restraining order, a much less powerful document than a Plenary Order of Protection, noting that Juan still loved her.  Without the stronger Order, Elisa still needed to attend family counseling with her abuser, and Juan was not be forbidden from owning a firearm. 
That wasn’t good enough.  So LAF, the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, and pro bono partner Dentons filed an appeal on Elisa's behalf.  Morgan Lewis contributed a powerful amicus brief.  The appeals court ordered the judge to grant her a two-year plenary order of protection, and criticized him for being “callous and insensitive.”  Because of the work of the team of advocates, Elisa and her children will now be truly safe from their abuser, and judges will know that when a woman has proved that she's entitled to an Order of Protection, one should be granted!
Farmworker Blues Celebrates Music, 
Food, and Legal Aid
LAF's Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project
had a Blast at their Annual Fundraiser
Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez, IMLAP Director, (above)
addresses the crowded room (below) at Rosa's Blues Lounge
On February 16th, LAF's Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project, IMLAP, held their annual Farmworker Blues event at Rosa's Blues Lounge.  They celebrated "standing with the hands that feed us" with great food, drink, and a raffle, as well as custom-designed t-shirts and live blues music.  The event raised much-needed funds to support IMLAP's work with migrant and seasonal farmworkers, some of the most exploited and abused members of our community.  
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