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The Legal Aid Society Board of Directors presents …

the Equal Access to Justice Award Luncheon

A virtual event for real justice

Thank you to all who joined the Legal Aid Society (LAS) for the Equal Access to Justice Award Luncheon! Together, we’ve raised nearly $274,000 for the critical legal services LAS provides for more than 13,000 clients across Chicagoland – so far!

View the full event recording

Our community’s passion for equal justice drives our work to make justice a reality for all, and we know we can reach our goal, together. Empower LAS with a contribution here.

Your involvement directly benefits clients like Bianca, whose experience with LAS’s Domestic Violence team demonstrates the critical importance of legal aid services.

“I didn’t know where to go, what to do, who to talk to,” shared Bianca in a conversation with her attorney, Elizabeth Koziol. “You were my superwoman, you came in and saved the day. You were patient with me, you listened to everything I had to say, you understood what was going on. You said no, that’s not fair, you don’t deserve that.”

Hear from Bianca below – and if you’re as moved as we are by her openness and strength, consider sharing it to show why you support access to justice for all, regardless of ability to pay.

Bianca is one of more than 13,000 clients LAS will empower this year. The myriad issues our clients face are complex and include trauma, violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, immigration, consumer fraud, and gun violence. But they’re not facing these issues alone. With your support, LAS’s dedicated staff will continue to provide life-saving legal representation.

We are pleased to highlight pro bono support from our Scott C. Solberg Pro Bono Award honoree, Latham & Watkins, whose partnership on our Elder Help Desk, Power of Attorney Clinics, and U-Visa/VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) project, has been invaluable for LAS and the clients we serve.

As Latham & Watkins Associate Adam Rosenbloom shared in accepting the award, the firm’s staff have collectively worked more than 700 hours of pro bono legal services on behalf of LAS. “LAS staff and volunteers are always available to help us through tricky situations, and our attorneys are grateful for their constant support,” he shared.

Our William H. Avery Award honoree, Hubert H. Allen, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Abbott Laboratories, spoke about the work he and Abbott are accomplishing in both the pro bono space and the healthcare field. Learn more about Hubert Allen

In a conversation with LAS Board Member Kyle Harvey, Hubert also shared his passion for pro bono legal services. “It’s important because you’re affecting people,” he shared. “You are intervening at a point when somebody needs something they don’t have the ability to do themselves, nor do they have the ability to pay for it. Doing it is important. Doing it can change the trajectory of a person’s life.”

As we saw during this powerful program, LAS works year-round to turn equal justice into a reality for low-income Chicagoans. Your support transforms lives, and we thank you.

To empower clients like Bianca, donate to LAS at https://www.metrofamily.org/empowerLAS

HOST COMMITTEE

  • Amanda S. Amert, Co-Chair
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Ethan Samson, Co-Chair
    Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.
  • Matt Basil
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Tianne Bataille
    Axiom Global, Inc.
  • Jonathan Bunge
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
  • Angela Frye
    Verizon Wireless
  • Steven R. Gilford
    JAMS
  • Barbara Grayson
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Kyle Harvey
    Baird & Warner
  • Sara Tonnies Horton
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Chantal Kazay
    Aon

 

  • Craig Martin
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Ken Mathieu
    Charles River Associates
  • Anna Novoseletsky
    Discovery Financial Services
  • Robert J. Regan
    AAR Corp.
  • John M. Richardson
    McDonalds Corporation
  • Michael Roche
    Winston & Strawn
  • Leslie Smith
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Scott Solberg
    Eimer Stahl LLP
  • Pamela Taylor
    Jones Day
  • Matt Thomas
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Matthew Walch
    Latham & Watkins, LLP

ABOUT THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY
LAS provides quality legal representation to victims of human trafficking and other crimes, including domestic violence, abused and exploited seniors or disabled adults, homeowners in foreclosure, tenants faced with unlawful eviction and victims of financial exploitation and consumer fraud. Today LAS impacts more than 12,000 people each year.
Visit www.laschicago.org to learn more

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