Blog

Welcome to LCBH’s Blog. Our blog delivers original articles written by our staff, interns and volunteers. We strive to provide informative stories about the work we do on behalf of Chicago renters and the issues renters face.

Why Pro Bono?

Our volunteers level the playing field by giving low-income renters a voice in court.

Volunteering as a pro bono attorney at LCBH allows you to make a huge impact in someone’s life without spending a penny. It doesn’t require a lot of time – even a little legal assistance can go a long way in improving the lives of our clients. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Here at LCBH, we understand that and have worked to create new ways for you to support LCBH’s mission. When we all work together to level the playing field, we improve our community for everyone!

Here are just a few of the major victories our pro bono partners were able to accomplish this year:

  • Negotiated a cash settlement for a mother whose son suffered a concussion when the leaky roof in their apartment collapsed on him while he was sleeping;
  • Dismissed a case where a tenant was facing eviction because the property manager’s agent had accepted rent money and not turned it over to the company; and
  • Won a jury trial on behalf of a tenant who was being evicted in retaliation for making complaints about a property manager.

Pro bono also allows you to give back but in a way that works with your busy schedule. LCBH takes full advantage of the new rules on unbundled legal services to provide flexible volunteer opportunities to meet every schedule. The following outcomes were reached in 5 hours or less of volunteer time:

2014 Annual Reception & Awards Ceremony

On October 28th, LCBH presented our 34th Annual Awards. McGuireWoods generously hosted the event and their beautiful space was the perfect setting for our celebration honoring those who have made exceptional contributions to help preserve the vitality, diversity and affordability of Chicago's neighborhoods!

We applaud and congratulate all of our awardees!

We thank Congresswoman Robin Kelly and Veeda Pryor for their thoughtful remarks, McGuireWoods and Geoff Cockrell for hosting us, our generous donors for sponsoring the event, and everyone who turned out to make the night so enjoyable. Thank you!

Speakers

Robin Kelly, Illinois Congresswoman (2nd District)
Robin Kelly was elected to represent Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District on April 9, 2013. Since taking office, Kelly has worked tirelessly to promote national safety and expand economic opportunity, sponsoring numerous bills to generate job growth and end senseless gun violence. Kelly’s first legislation, Improving Gun Safety Standards Act, a common sense reform bill, would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety standards for guns and ammunition that will help reduce gun-related deaths. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Kelly currently serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs and the National Security Subcommittee.

From left: D'Angelo Boyland, Adelaide Meyers, Mary Tarullo, Mark Swartz, LCBH Legal Director, and Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director.

ONE Northside
We honor ONE Northside with the Barbara Grau Housing Advocate award for its tremendous contributions in the area of affordable and accessible housing.

From left: Todd Maynes, LCBH Board President, Victoria Ogunsanya, LCBH Staff Attorney, Elce Redmond, and Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director.

Elce Redmond
We honor Elce Redmond with the Community Organizer of the Year award for his vital work in community organizing campaigns to enact or change policies.

2014 Friend of LCBH Award

From left: Samira Nazem, LCBH Pro Bono Coordinator, Katrice Hall, Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director, Taylor Hammond, Director, Justice Entrepreneurs Project, John Norkus, and Joanna Long.

Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP)
The Friend of LCBH Award recognizes a corporation, law firm or organization that has contributed consistently and meaningfully to the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing.

2014 Intern of the Year Award

Jordan Carey, Guadalupe Angulo and Blake Wilkinson

Jordan Carey, Guadalupe Angulo and Blake Wilkinson
The Intern of the Year Award honors interns who have spent time at LCBH learning about the work we do and going above and beyond the call of duty.

2014 Law Firm Of The Year Award

From left: Todd Maynes, LCBH Board President, Samira Nazem, LCBH Pro Bono Coordinator, Morgan Hirst, Jones Day and Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director

Jones Day
The Law Firm of the Year Award is presented when a firm's pro bono contributions to LCBH or its mission makes a significant impact well into the future.

From left: Samira Nazem, LCBH Pro Bono Coordinator, Todd Maynes, LCBH Board President, Catie Cottle, Christine Payne, Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH Executive Director, and Jim Medek.

Catie Cottle, Jim Medek and Christine Payne from Kirkland & Ellis LLP
LCBH recognizes these volunteers for dedicating their time and energy to LCBH over the past year. These individuals choose to come to LCBH to learn and make a difference in the lives of others.

2013 Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony Speakers

Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois
Pat Quinn was sworn in as the 41st Governor of Illinois on January 29, 2009, and won election to a full term in 2010. Since taking office, Governor Quinn has made job creation and economic growth his top priority. His $43 billion capital construction initiative – which will retain or create about 436,000 jobs over six years – includes the $12 billion “Move Illinois” project, one of the nation’s biggest infrastructure endeavors. Illinois has moved forward on social justice under Governor Quinn, who abolished the death penalty, improved nursing home conditions and legalized civil unions for all people. Governor Quinn has long been a true advocate for those in our state who need it most. With new legislation passed by Governor Quinn that will protect renters in foreclosure (SB56) and benefit those who truly need legal assistance and cannot afford it (SB3111 Access to Justice), LCBH is honored to have Governor Quinn join us this evening.

2014 Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony

Join LCBH on October 28, 2014 as we welcome keynote speaker Illinois Congresswoman Robin Kelly, as well as celebrate and honor those who have made exceptional contributions to help preserve the vitality, diversity and affordability of Chicago's neighborhoods!