Legal Services

180 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2110, Chicago, IL

Provides legal assistance to individuals whose HIV status is the cause of his or her legal difficulties. Legal issues may relate to employment, discrimination, immigration, insurance, public benefits as well as other topics.
Toll-free hotline in Illinois: 866-506-3038
Legal information is not provided by e-mail.

American Bar Association

A free service that answers civil (not criminal) legal questions for low-income residents of Illinois.  After logging in to the website, answer a few questions to see if you qualify to use this service.  Those who qualify can ask volunteer attorneys a specific question about your civil legal issue.  You’ll receive an email telling you when your question receives a response, and then can log back in to see the response to your question and ask more questions.

ACLU of Illinois 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2300 Chicago, IL

The ACLU of Illinois provides legal assistance to residents of Illinois whose civil liberties or civil rights have been violated.  The website states that “The ACLU of Illinois’ Intake Department is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. During those hours an intake counselor is available by phone if you wish to explain your problem. Our counselors are dedicated volunteers, but they are not lawyers and cannot give you legal advice, but will simply obtain the facts pertaining to your problem. Depending on the nature of your problem, the counselor may give you an appropriate referral or present the facts of your case to a staff attorney for review. The ACLU cannot refer you to individual private attorneys.  Contacting the ACLU to describe your problem will not guarantee the ACLU will represent you.”
Legal Aid Illinois

Este sitio ofrece información legal para ayudar a que los residentes de Illinois resuelvan sus problemas legales.

375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Bluhm Legal Clinic
312.503.8576 or 312.503.4472 TDD

Bluhm Legal Clinic is staffed by Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law students, under the supervision of experienced faculty members. There are 14 centers, addressing a variety of legal issues, many of which accept cases at low or no cost, if the case is accepted by the Clinic. The Centers include the Appellate Advocacy Center, Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy, Center for Criminal Defense, Center for Externships, Center for International Human Rights, Center on Negotiation and Mediation, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, Children and Family Justice Center, Civil Litigation Center, Entrepreneurship Law Center, Environmental Advocacy Center, Investor Protection Center, MacArthur Justice Center, and Prison Reentry Strategies.

If you are seeking legal assistance from one of the centers of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, please write a one-page letter describing your case to

The CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline helps thousands of low-income families find answers to everyday legal problems including housing, employment, education, consumer debt, divorce, guardianships, estates, injuries to person or property, public benefits, health care and more. Whatever the legal problem, CARPLS’ experienced attorneys can help clients better understand their rights and the remedies available to them under the law. Our attorneys do not represent clients in court. If in-court representation is required, the CARPLS attorneys will assist with a referral to an appropriate full-service legal aid agency if one is available. The Hotline service is free to low-income residents of Cook County. The CARPLS’ Hotline is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM,  and on Monday and Wednesday evenings until 7:30 PM.

CARPLS also runs several in-person advice desks to provide free help to unrepresented parties. The advice desk topics and locations are:

– Domestic Relations Advice Desk | Self Help Center | CL-16 Richard J. Daley Center
– Municipal Court Advice Desk | Self Help Center |CL-16 Richard J. Daley Center
– Collection Advice Desk | Court Room 1401 |Richard J. Daley Center
– Administrative Hearings Advice Desk | City of Chicago | 400 W. Superior

Archdioscese – 835 N Rush St, Chicago, IL
Monsignor Michael M. Boland, Administrator and CEO
312-655-7700 (Catholic Charities) and 312-534-8200 (Archdiocese)
Archdiocese of Chicago

Oversees more than 150 programs in Cook and Lake counties, serving families and individuals of all ages. Service Programs. Evanston residents are not limited to, but may first contact  North Region, 1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL, 847-376-2121.

79 W. Monroe Street, Suite 919, Chicago, IL
312- 376-1880
312- 376-1885

A nonprofit organization which provides legal services to low-income residents of Cook County, Illinois who are either elderly or who have permanent disabilities.

CDEL volunteer attorneys represent eligible individuals with a broad range of civil legal matters, including: Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, Wills & Probate, Landlord/Tenant, Collections, Special Education, Real Estate & Mortgage Foreclosure, Family Law, Financial Elder Abuse, Family Law, ADA Discrimination, and Consumer Fraud.

321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL
Lawyer Referral Service
(312) 554-2001
Chicago Bar Association

If you are looking for a lawyer in Cook County or one of the surrounding counties, the Chicago Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service has over 300 prescreened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law. The service can refer you to attorneys experienced in over 40 areas of law, including the following:
– Domestic Relations (including divorce, custody, support and other family law matters);
– Personal Injury (including auto accidents, slip and falls, products liability, wrongful death, malpractice and other types of injury cases);
– Estate Planning (including will drafting, trusts, probate and will contests);
– Real Estate (including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense, and landlord-tenant issues);
– Employment Law (including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination); and
– Numerous other areas of law.

Hearing impaired individuals can call (312) 554-2055.

For a referral out of Illinois, please visit the ABA National Directory.

211 W. Wacker Drive Suite 750, Chicago, Illinois (Downtown Office)

The Chicago Legal Clinic is a not-for-profit organization which offers low cost legal services on a sliding-scale, based on ability to pay, to residents of Cook County. Services available in English and Spanish at several Chicago neighborhood locations.

Programs and Services and Legal assistance: adoption, bankruptcy, child custody and support, debt elimination, divorce, employment, environmental issues, guardianship, immigration, landlord-tenant, real estate transactions, Social Security benefits, traffic accidents, wills and probate, worker compensation.

Family Law Questions & Answer Sessions
Who: Sponsored by the Chicago Legal Clinic free of charge
When: Every Tuesday, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Room 1905, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
What: Individual litigants submit questions anonymously which are then addressed in a group setting by volunteer attorneys. Topics can cover family law-divorce, paternity, allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, child support, domestic violence, court procedures, court rules, and Illinois law. Pencils and paper are provided.

CVLS is an organization of over 3,000 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans. Our services are free, accessible and real.

With 22 legal clinics across the Chicago area, hosted evenings and weekends at community organizations and churches, where you can talk with an attorney about your legal problem, CVLS works to ensure that everyone has access to justice, not just those who can afford it.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday

565 West Adams Street, Suite 600, Chicago, IL
(312) 906-5050
(312) 906-5299

The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent is a teaching law firm with a dual mission—to provide high-quality clinical education to more than 150 student interns and externs who enroll each semester, and to deliver outstanding and competitively priced legal services to our clients.

We offer client legal services in the following practice areas – please note that all of the attorneys charge legal fees for their services:

Criminal Defense Litigation
Plaintiffs Employment Discrimination
Civil Rights Litigation
Entrepreneurial Law
Family Law
Health and Disability Law (Vaccine Injury Law Project)
Open Government
Tax Law

Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1335 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL
Andrea Densham, Executive Director
847-475-2661 (ext. 524)

Offers a wide range of CNE programs designed for young children and their families, teachers and caregivers. These include CNE Early Head Start as well as other programs for special needs children, low income families and children at risk of not succeeding in school. Maintains Family Child Care Home Referral List and a Guide to Early Childhood Resources in Evanston.



Free Mayme F. Spencer Memorial Street Law Clinic: open the third Thursday of each month between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on CNE’s first floor.

1454 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston IL
Patrice Quehl
Evanston Police Department

Victim Services provides social services to crime victims and witnesses and to residents seeking social service assistance in non-crime situations.

Additionally services provided include:

  • Crisis Intervention Counseling, Information and Resources for Crime Victims and Witnesses
  • Medical Advocacy for Sexual Assaults, Domestic Violence and Physical Abuse cases.
  • Referrals or Assistance in obtaining Orders of Protection
    Court Advocacy to assist victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system, including status on court dates and meetings with State’s Attorney
  • Assist Domestic Violence Victims with Warning Signs of Domestic Violence, Safety Planning and provide Shelter Referrals.
  • Assist eligible Victims with filing for Monetary Reimbursement under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act
  • Personal Advocacy such as interceding with employers so that Victims and Witnesses may attend court and intervening with medical billing issues related to injuries sustained during crime
  • Legal Resources and Referrals regarding Domestic Violence & Custody Issues
2100 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL
Rodney Greene, City Clerk
847-448-4311, or 311 locally.

The City Clerk attends all City Council meetings and produces the official minutes of all City sponsored meetings. All ordinances and resolutions are processed through this office and kept as permanent records in the municipal library. The municipal code is updated throughout the year by ordinances that amend the code. The Clerk is the custodian of books, records, and papers of the City of Evanston. The City Clerk is the only full-time elected official.

The City Clerk provides many important services to Evanston residents. Premier among the office’s programs is its election services, with its primary goal to provide the greatest convenience to voting. The Clerk’s Office is responsible for all matters involving elections, and the Clerk is the local election official. Evanston residents can register to vote in the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s election duties include, but are not limited to, voter registration and re-registration, receiving nominating petitions, and supplying absentee ballot request applications.

The Clerk is the custodian of the City and Township Seal and affixes its impression on documents when required. By state statute, the Clerk is the keeper of the City’s records which includes minutes and ordinances, distributing, publishing and providing security for legal documents such as ordinances, resolutions, proclamations, agreements and minutes of the City Council meetings.

The Clerk is also involved in the verification and distribution of temporary handicapped parking placards and issuing real estate transfer tax stamps. All petitions and communications addressed to the City Council are received by the Clerk and communicated by the Clerk at Council meetings. The Clerk also issues notices of regular and special meetings of the City Council.

Those interested in obtaining information from the City Clerk’s office may request it by filing a Freedom of Information Act request either by phone, email, fax or in person. Citizens can also obtain FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) Card applications from the Clerk’s office as well. All of the services that have been mentioned are available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. The Clerk’s Office is closed on weekends and established recognized Holidays.

310 S. Peoria Street, Suite 404 Chicago, IL
(872) 216-9695 (requests for legal help) or (312) 777-1913

Civic Legal Corps is a non-profit law firm with attorneys who provide affordable legal services (including full representation in court) to low- and middle-income individuals in the Chicago area.  Civic Legal Corps can help with legal matters in the areas of family law, criminal law, housing law, and immigration law.  CLC can help with specific parts of a legal issue or help on legal matters from beginning to end.  A free screening will determine whether CLC can assist you.  After that CLC will charge a flat rate based on your income.

50 West Washington Street Chicago, Illinois

The Self Help Center has links to resources for self-represented (pro se) litigants appearing before the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Topics include Going to Court; Finding An Attorney; Wills, Estates & Guardianships; Family and Juvenile; Lawsuits, Injuries, Money & Debt; Criminal & Traffic; Housing; and Small Claims.


The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County provides access to Cook County Court Formsand online access Case Documents from cases before the Circuit Court of Cook County.  You can also find links to Circuit Court of Cook County and Illinois Court rules here.  

Domestic Relations Division 50 West Washington Street Richard J. Daley Center Office of the Presiding Judge – Suite 1901A Chicago, IL
(312) 603-3025 Main Office
(312) 603-8453 FAX

This website gives free information about Orders of Protection in the Cook County Court system, including who is protected, who may file for an Order of Protection, how and where to file an Order of Protection, and contact information for organizations that will assist victims of domestic violence who cannot afford an attorney.

50 W. Washington St. Room 2900 Chicago, Illinois
Montell Davenport, Executive Law Librarian
(312) 603-5423
(312) 603-4716
Cook County

Cook County Public Law Library

The public can access the law library catalog online, access self-help legal resources, conduct legal research online, view Cook County Ordinances online, contact reference staff for assistance with legal research, or visit the law library to access electronic resources such as Westlaw and Lexis, and to visit the library’s Self-Help Web Center. Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Open Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for attorneys presenting a current ARDC card and current photo ID, and for litigants presenting official court papers stamped within a year and current photo ID. Sun: Closed.

See also: Skokie Branch:
5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Telephone: (847) 470-7298
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun: Closed

69 W. Washington Suite 1600 Chicago, Illinois
(312) 603-0600
(312) 603-9860
Cook County

The Public Defender is appointed by the judge when an individual is not able to afford an attorney (55 ILCS 5/3-4006). A Public Defender should be available to individuals at the time of the first court appearance. The Public Defender provides legal representation in the areas of criminal, misdemeanor, juvenile justice, child protection, paternity, appeals, post-conviction and traffic cases.



The Public Defender’s website provides links to a “response to police questioning” card, in English and Spanish.  It also has a Guide To The Criminal Justice System, designed for those charged with felonies, and a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Public Defender’s Office.  

33 N. LaSalle # 900 Chicago, IL 60602; 154 S. Lincoln Street, Suite D Aurora, IL 60505; 62 N. Ayer St., Suite A & B Harvard, IL 60033
Alexandra Sossa, Director
Clients 24 hr. hotline: 847-668-2114 | 815-909-0362 | 312-784-3522

Provides free legal assistance to Migrant and seasonal workers, Landscaping workers, horticultural workers, Agricultural workers, Greenhouse workers, and Nursery workers in Illinois. (Abogados para Trabajadores Agricolas y Jardineros.) FLAP’s mission is to improve working conditions for migrant and seasonal workers in the agricultural and landscaping industries in Illinois. FLAP carries out this mission through: Litigation, Outreach and Community Legal Education.
Among the many violations that our clients are exposed to are:
– Nonpayment of wages (“wage theft”)
– Denial of overtime wage rates
– Illegal pesticide exposure
– Hazardous housing
– Unsanitary working conditions
– Illegal deductions from wages [for visa, travel, housing, equipment and uniform expenses] No client documentation necessary.

Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
toll free 877-FTC-HELP (382-4357)
Federal Trade Commission

Information source for consumer frauds and scams, recalled products, filing a consumer complaint, reporting identity theft, getting your free credit reports, registering for the Do Not Call list, and other consumer issues.

Midwest Region
Federal Trade Commission
55 West Monroe Street, Suite 1825
Chicago, IL 60603

FindLaw is a free online resource that provides legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make legal decisions.

FindLaw has sections to help you learn about the law, find a lawyer, join an online discussion forum with other FindLaw users or chat with an attorney online, or find legal and business forms.

A listing of free and low-cost legal services available in Cook County. Searchable as A-Z list, or by topic area/legal issue.

Crime Victim Services Division, Office of the Attorney General, 100 W Randolph Street, 13th Floor, Chicago, IL
Illinois Attorney General

The Illinois Attorney General Office Crime Victim Services Division offers programs to support victims and families of violent crime in order to help them meet their challenges and regain peace of mind. These programs include:

The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program, the Domestic Violence Fund, the Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA) Program, the Automated Victim Notification (AVN) System, the Statewide Victim Assistance Program, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and the Illinois Victim Assistance Academy. Other resources include workshops, training & conferences, downloadable resources, and links.

For more information, visit the website at

6221 South Emerald Drive, Chicago, IL 60621 & 36 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL
1-800-447-4278 Customer Service;TTY: 1-800-526-5812

Illinois Child Support Service, a division of the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services assists with child support service applications, collecting child support, establishing paternity and other issues related to child support.

Application for Services.

525 W. Jefferson St., Ground Floor, Springfield, IL
122 S. Michigan Ave, 7th and 20th Floors, Chicago, IL 60603

File a complaint to the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding quality of care issues, such as allegations of actual or potential harm to patients, patient rights, infection control, and medication errors.  Click here for the complaint form.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Complaints are limited to hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, end-stage renal dialysis units, ambulatory surgical treatment centers, rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, clinical laboratories (CLIA), outpatient physical therapy, portable X-ray services, community mental health centers, accredited mental health centers (only Medicare Certified), comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, Free Standing Emergency centers, alternative health care delivery and health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

Mailing address:
Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Care Regulation, Central Complaint Registry, 525 W. Jefferson St., Ground Floor, Springfield, IL 62761


Independent nonprofit organization provides web-based legal help and information for lower-income Illinoisans. Search by legal issue and zip code; some forms available. Live chat and video aids.

Also see link to Cook County Legal Help Tool Kit online.
Para ayuda en Español:
Informacje prawne w jezyku polskim.

Illinois Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice has approved standardized forms (available at the link), which are required to be accepted in all Illinois courts, in the following areas:

  • Appearance
  • Divorce
  • Expungement and Sealing
  • Fee Waiver
  • Financial Affidavit Suite
  • Interpreter Request
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Motion
  • Name Change
  • Proof of Delivery
100 W Randolph St Suite 8-200 Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-6611

Public information on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. For fee schedule information, go to the “Frequently Asked Medical Questions” web page at

1123 Emerson, Suite 203 , Evanston, IL
Kathy Lyons, Executive Director

Provides direct legal representation in several Legal Programs. The Social Services Program provides outreach, case management, short-term crisis intervention, and individual, family and group counseling. The Redirection Services help clients stay out of trouble and move toward a positive future. Programs serve low-income Evanston youth and their families.

Expungement Help Desk:
Assistance in completing necessary forms to expunge or seal criminal records in Illinois.
Second Muncipal District Courthouse (Skokie)
5600 Old Orchard Rd., Room 136
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Lawyers in the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) provide lower cost, quality legal services that often include fixed fees and flexible representation options (like unbundled, a la carte services). Many JEP lawyers have fee estimates on their websites, so you can find out what it might cost to hire a lawyer.

Lawyers in the JEP currently assist clients in the following areas:

  • Family Law – including divorce, spousal support, child support, custody, visitation and orders of protection
  • Landlord/Tenant – including eviction proceedings and security deposit claims
  • Consumer Law – including debt collection issues, consumer disputes and Chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • Estate Law – including wills, probate and guardianships
  • Employment Law – including discrimination and wage claims
  • Small Business/Non-profit – including business formation, contracts and intellectual property issues
  • Real Property Law – including foreclosure proceedings and real estate purchase/sale
  • Criminal misdemeanors, traffic tickets, license suspensions and ordinance violations
  • Immigration Law – including visas, residency, naturalization and asylum
518 Davis, Suite 211, Evanston, IL
Betsy Clarke

The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) is a non-profit, statewide coalition of state and local organizations, advocacy groups, legal educators, practitioners, community service providers, and child advocates supported by private donations from foundations and individuals/entities.

JJI’s mission is to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois by reducing reliance on confinement, enhancing fairness for all youth, and developing an adequate range of community-based resources.

105 West Adams,26th Floor, Chicago, IL
James L. Bennett, Regional Director
National Headquarters

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
The Midwest Regional Office accepts Help Desk calls at any time during business hours (M-F 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.).Lambda’s Legal Help Desk staff respond directly to those who are seeking legal information and assistance with discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status.

120 S. LaSalle Street, Ste. 900, Chicago, IL
William A. Kolen – Supervisory Attorney of the North Suburban Office

Free legal aid for low income people in Cook County. Priorities are family law, human and civil rights, safety issues, and economic stability. Legal Services

Legal Information Institute Cornell Law School 477 Myron Taylor Hall Ithaca, NY
Cornell University Law School

LII is a not-for-profit group that provides open access to legal materials online. Resources include federal law, the Constitution, U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Supreme Court cases, Federal Rules, State law resources, State statutes by topic, Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.), Uniform Laws, World legal resources, and the Wex Legal Encyclopedia, which explains legal terms and topics.

Legal Information Institute Cornell Law School 477 Myron Taylor Hall Ithaca, NY
Cornell University Law School

LII is a not-for-profit group that provides open access to legal materials online. Resources include federal law, the Constitution, U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Supreme Court cases, Federal Rules, State law resources, State statutes by topic, Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.), Uniform Laws, World legal resources, and the Wex Legal Encyclopedia, which explains legal terms and topics.

PO Box 1515, Des Plaines, IL
Denice Wolf Markham, Executive Director
847-824-0382; 24-Hour crisis line: 847-532-9540

Services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors include counseling, assistance with employment, referrals and free legal services.
24-hour crisis line: 1-847-824-4454

1123 Emerson Street, Suite 215, Evanston, IL
Lorraine Murphy, Executive Director

Legal, financial, and emotional counseling, workshops, seminars and support groups for women going through or considering divorce.

Philip H. Corboy Law Center · 25 E. Pearson Street Suite 1005 · Chicago, IL

Represents entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as individuals who are seeking legal assistance with not for profit organizations. The BLC is committed to providing clients with affordable quality legal services in keeping with Loyola’s commitment to serving the community. Legal services are provided to not for profit organizations on a pro bono basis. The Business Law Clinic adheres to the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Philip H. Corboy Law Center 25 E. Pearson St. Suite 1107 Chicago, IL

The Civitas ChildLaw Clinic represents children in a variety of settings, focusing primarily on child protection (abuse and neglect) and high-conflict child custody disputes. Other areas of practice include education, immigration, delinquency, and international child abduction.

Philip H. Corboy Law Center 25 E. Pearson St. Suite 1005 Chicago, IL

The Community Law Center Clinic serves clients whose main source of income is public assistance or SSI as well as those classified as the “working poor,” who are people struggling to meet their obligations even though they have jobs.

Cases handled by the clinic focus on family issues, landlord-tenant conflicts and benefit questions.

1215 Church Street, Evanston, IL
Mailing: P.O. Box 5164, Evanston IL 60204 (shelter only)
Wendy Dickson (shelter information)
YWCA Evanston North Shore

This comprehensive domestic violence program provides crisis intervention, emergency assistance and shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, community-based services, violence prevention and outreach and education. All services are offered free of charge.
Toll Free Crisis and Referral Line: 877-718-1868; Crisis and Referral Line: 847-864-8780
Mary Lou’s Place 32-bed residential shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The only criteria for admission is that the individual or family is fleeing from a dangerous situation. They can stay for up to 90 days; transitional housing services are then available.
For donations of hygiene, household items, non-perishable foods, and diapers, contact 847-864-8445.

1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 220, Vienna, VA

Professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. Elderlaw Membership Directory can be used for referrals.

208 S. La Salle Street, Suite 1300 , Chicago IL
(312) 660-1370

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
NIJC provides pro bono legal services to these groups and advocates for policy reform and broad-based systemic change.

415 W. Golf Road, suite #47, Arlington Heights IL
Jim Huenink, Exec. Director

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) is the only full service agency that provides free services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones within the North and Northwest suburbs of Cook County.
Crisis intervention and counseling, legal and medical advocacy, education and prevention outreach programs.
24-hour Hotline 888-802-8890

750 N. Lakeshore Drive, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL
Mailing: 375 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Esther Barron, Director

A nonprofit, student-based clinical program affiliated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Provides affordable legal services to entrepreneurs, start-up companies and nonprofit organizations; offers affordable legal advice on incorporation, trademark registration, copyright protection, and contract review. Sponsors annual Entrepreneurship Conference.

614 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL

Open Communities’ mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We work with current and prospective residents and local groups to promote economically and culturally diverse communities in north suburban Chicago. We provide fair and affordable housing counseling services, community education, advocacy, and organizing for welcoming communities.

Serving: Highwood, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Glencoe, Northfield, Winnetka, Glenview, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Park Ridge, Niles, and Lincolnwood.
•Fair Housing Enforcement and Education
•Foreclosure & Predatory Lending Prevention
•Landlord/Tenant Complaint Investigation

Formerly Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs

Hours of Operations: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Open Communities fights discrimination through Fair Housing education and advocacy; counsels local homeowners in Foreclosure Prevention; and works to create better living environments through its Landlord and Tenant Advice Program.
Homesharing is a free service which matches persons seeking affordable housing with home providers who wish to remain in their homes.
Recruits and trains immigrants to become active community leaders through Immigrant Integration program. Open Communities trains and sends volunteers into the field to pose as home-seekers – renters or buyers. Volunteers submit factual reports of their experience to help determine if a pattern of discrimination exists. Individuals from all ethnic and racial groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about becoming a Housing Tester: 847-501-4352.

Volunteer advocacy group which promotes and supports restorative justice activities in the community such as Community Peace Circles. The Community Peace Circles facilitate peaceful dialogue to help promote mutual understanding and peaceful alternatives to violent responses among community members who are in conflict.Community Peace Circles work to bring all involved parties toward resolution through respectful and effective communication.

Online resource

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a source of open-access journal articles on a variety of social science topics, including law. Use this link for access to legal (and other) scholarship.

City of Evanston Senior Services, 300 Dodge Ave (Levy Ctr.); Evanston IL
Audrey Thompson
Illinois Department on Aging

Through the Illinois Department on Aging, the state long term care ombudsman protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for people who reside in long term care facilities (nursing homes). This is done through regional ombudsmen who have a hands–on working relationship with the residents and staff of the facilities within their program areas.

For more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, contact…

the Illinois Department on Aging Senior HelpLine;
a Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman​ Program;
a Regional Home and Community Ombudsman​ Program.
For more information on the Pioneer Approach to Long Term Care and the Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman program, see also:

Publications related to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

100 N LaSalle St Suite 600 Chicago, IL

The Law Project strengthens Chicago area communities by providing high-quality, pro bono (free) legal services to community based nonprofits, small businesses and first-time homebuyers. In fulfilling this mission, The Law Project offers transactional attorneys meaningful pro bono opportunities. Now offering a FREE legal hotline for small business and nonprofit employers who need on the spot employment law advice.

In addition to our direct legal services programs, The Law Project also provides regular workshops and trainings on legal issues affecting nonprofit organizations, small businesses entrepreneurs, and first time home buyers. Check out our events calendar for upcoming events.

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