Every summer LCBH is fortunate to have the best and brightest legal and supportive service interns working with us. Without these students and recent graduates who come to spend their summer with us, LCBH would have a tough time offering the legal and supportive services our clients need. Here are a few highlights from each of them:
Ethan Domsten will soon start his second year of law school at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has counseled numerous tenants, facing a wide range of legal problems, advising them on their rights under various state and local laws. He has enjoyed seeing the tangible benefits he can secure for LCBH clients simply by making a few phone calls. With Ethan’s assistance, tenants have asserted rights they did not know they had and have been able to secure legal outcomes that protected their tenancy and stabilized their housing.
Taylor Grode will soon start her second year at the University of Chicago Law School. During her first few weeks of law school, Taylor observed the shocking, fast-paced nature of eviction court, especially when pro se litigants are involved. She joined LCBH in hopes of better understanding the wide variety of issues affecting so many tenants in and around Chicago. From poor conditions to eviction notices to foreclosure proceedings, Taylor has found tenants can too easily be thrown into the chaos and confusion of unstable living situations. Taylor’s favorite part of the summer has been interacting with clients at the crisis stage, the solution stage, and all of the stages in between.
Valerie Gutmann is a rising fourth year undergraduate at the University of Chicago. She chose to intern at LCBH because of her interest in housing as a human right. This summer, Valerie has served as a point of first contact for many of the individuals who call LCBH to inquire about receiving services. She enjoys the opportunity to interact with potential clients over the phone and in person to better understand their matter and how LCBH may be able to provide assistance.
Oluchi Ifebi is a rising third year at the John Marshall Law School. She wanted to work with LCBH because of her growing interest in affordable housing, and LCBH’s mission to improve housing stability for low-income renter. During her time at LCBH, Oluchi was able to use her 711 license to advocate for tenants in eviction court and provide foreclosure counseling to tenants in crisis. Oluchi’s favorite part of her LCBH experience is learning from the LCBH staff attorneys as they were always teaching the interns about the eviction and foreclosure processes, and policy-related issues.
Gwen Murphy just completed her second year at University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, and chose to intern at LCBH because of her strong interest in working with low-income families. Gwen’s social work concentration involves working with public sector programs that serve urban, at-risk populations. Gwen has enjoyed working in the Supportive Services department at LCBH, as she has found the experience to be a meaningful and productive opportunity, which will no doubt make her a better social worker.
Connie Zhang will soon begin her second year of law school at Loyola University Chicago. This summer, Connie primarily focused on foreclosure counseling, intake interviews, compiling training materials, and assisting staff with legal research and drafting memos and motions. She has particularly enjoyed intake interviews and counseling with clients, where she has informed tenants of their rights during and post-foreclosure. Connie is looking forward to learning more about medical-legal partnerships and exploring the various ways public health intersects with safe, decent, and affordable housing.