CGLA in the Community

Former CGLA Intern Chanda Rice Highlighted in PILI Newsletter

CGLA Young Professionals Board Co-Chair and former PILI Intern Chanda Rice was highlighted in PILI's newsletter.  Click here to see the article!


An In House Career Based on Reaching Out a Helping Hand

Celia Llopis-Jepsen

Corporate Counsel, an ALM website

Former Allstate Insurance General Counsel Michelle Coleman Mayes was featured in this article by Corporate Counsel.  Click here to learn about her amazing career including its intersection with CGLA!


Charity begins at the office

Claire Bushey

Crain's Chicago Business

CGLA Expungement Help Desk volunteer extraordinaire Steve Fus is profiled in this article about pro-bono and in-house counsel. Click here to read the full article!

"Group provides extra support"

Bethany Krajelis

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

CGLA Executive Director, Gretchen Slusser & Director of Operations & Client Support Services (CSS), Joseph Mole, were interviewed about our unique integration of legal & support services.  Click here to read the full article!

Students help the homeless through a new volunteer legal clinic

A new DePaul College of Law program, The Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project, has students and staff help homeless individuals get state identification cards and expunge or seal minor criminal records.  CGLA helped train the students on expungement and sealing.  Read more about the program here.

Rep. La Shawn Ford asks community to help change criminal record sealing law

CGLA's Paul Haidle, Staff Attorney in the Criminal Records Program was a panelist at a town hall meeting calling on Illinois residents to help change the state's sealing laws.  Click here for the full article.

Workshop debunks legal system, reveals expungement

Elite Truong

Roosevelt Torch

CGLA's Director of our Criminal Records program, Beth Johnson participated as a panelist for a Roosevelt University workshop on current legislation regarding the sealing of criminal records.  Johnson and panelists also called on attendees to know their rights, help change unfair legislation that can lead to housing and employment discrimination, and educate their peers on the issue.  Click here for the full story.

Volunteer Work Turns into Full-Time Employment For these Chicago Professionals

Chicago Tribune

CGLA's Executive Director, Gretchen Slusser is profiled in this Chicago Tribune article about three Chicago residents who turned a volunteer venture into full-time employment.  Find out more on how Gretchen got connected with CGLA by reading the full article here.

Saulter Tarver LLP Supports Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Saulter Tarver LLP supported CGLA's 2011 Annual Benefit.  “CGLA provides skilled representation to those who need it most but who can least afford it.” - Curtis J Tarver II, Firm Partner and CGLA Young Professionals Board Co-Chair.  Click here to read more.

Attorney Volunteer of the Year

Mary Zaug, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP was honored as CGLA's Attorney Volunteer of the Year.  Click HERE to read more about Zaug and her involvement with CGLA.

Expungement Gets a Little Easier in Chicago

New on-line system from Illinois Legal Aid helps people determine if they are eligible for expungement.  Read the full story here.

A Tribute to CGLA Champion and Jenner & Block Chairman, Jerold Solovy

Personal Quirks made former Jenner & Block chairman loved by many
Jerold Solovy remembered.  Click HERE to read the full story on his impact at Jenner & Block, and how he became a champion of CGLA.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid Helping Low-Income Residents One Case At A Time

Click HERE to read an article from the Huffington Post on how CGLA is working to ensure former Cabrini-Green residents and other low-income Chicagoans receive the legal and support services needed to make a lasting impact on their lives.

Quinn receives award for leadership in executive clemency.

CGLA honored Gov. Pat Quinn for his principled and courageous leadership in the area of executive clemency.

Click here to read more.

Law school grads use deferred time to work at legal aid groups

Ameet Sachdev

Chicago Tribune

Faced with an economy in recession and new wave of law school graduates at their doors, Chicago law firms sought a creative pairing with CGLA and other public-interest legal groups. To read more, click here.

Do Justice, Love Mercy: An Evening with Dr. Tony Campolo

On Tuesday, January 19th, CGLA and Renew Chicago partnered to bring Dr. Tony Campolo to Chicago to talk about Justice and Mercy for the poor. A video recap can be found here and an audio file of Dr. Campolo's remarks and the Q&A session can be found here.

Chicago Community Trust Links to CGLA

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Quinn Approves 133 Clemency Petitions

Jerry Crimmins

Chicago Daily Law Bulliten

Gov. Patrick L Quinn has begun making inroads in the enormous back log of over 2,500 clemency petitions left behind by the former governor.
Click here to read more.

Laura Zumdahl Named Chicago Community Trust Fellow

CGLA's associate executive director, Laura Zumdahl, is one the recipients of the 2010 Chicago Community Trust Fellows, offered to further professional development opportunities for leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors.
Click here to read more.

Pro Bono Creates Tangible Impact on the Lives of Thousands

Rob Acton

CBA Record (Oct. 2009)

In the last three-and-a-half years, pro bono attorneys and law students have provided free legal assistance to over 14,000 visitors to the CGLA Expungement Help Desk.  Click here to read more from the October issue of the CBA Record.

Chicago Bar Foundation Sun-Times Fellowship Awarded to Beth Johnson

CGLA Staff Attorney, Beth Johnson was awarded one of five Chicago Bar Foundation Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowships for her work as the director of CGLA’s Expungement, Sealing & Clemency program.  Click here to read more.

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