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Clara Kent posted a blog on Oct 26, 2015

Making a Difference in the Fight Against Discrimination

In early October, the 7th Circuit Bar Association held a training on Employment Law, Settlement Techniques, and the U.S. District Court, N.D. Ill., Settlement Assistance Program.

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Settlement Assistance Program (SAP) is a unique pro bono opportunity for attorneys in Cook County looking for experience in the courtroom through their volunteer work. SAP provides pro bono representation to low income individuals with meritorious discrimination cases in federal court settlement conferences and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediations. The majority of cases are employment disputes, but SAP also addresses housing discrimination, prisoners’ rights, and excessive force cases against the police department.

The experience is rewarding for both the attorney volunteers and the pro se litigants. Litigants are provided with professional legal help in their settlement conference, while attorneys receive not only the gratification of helping someone defend themselves from discrimination, but also the experience of appearing in Federal court.

Hosted by the U.S. District Court, N.D. Ill., the training began with Honorable Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge, who gave opening remarks and stressed the importance of this program to the court. Our own J. Cunyon Gordon, Director of the Settlement Assistance Program, introduced SAP, what one might expect when taking on a case as a volunteer attorney, and the positive effect the volunteer attorneys have on both the pro se litigants and the court. The training continued with presentations from Margot Klein, Attorney at Valorem Law Group, LLP; Laura K. McNally, Partner at Loeb & Loeb, LLP; and Alejandro Caffarelli, Founder of Caffarelli & Associates, Ltd. The program concluded with an incredibly helpful and informative question and answer session with U.S. Magistrate Judges Hon. Jeffrey Cole, Hon. Sheila Finnegan, and Hon. Mary Rowland.

CLCCRUL was thrilled to see a packed room and hope that many in attendance will reach out to the Settlement Assistance Program for a pro bono opportunity. 

Clara Kent posted a blog on Oct 14, 2015

SOURCE OF INCOME AND RACE INVESTIGATION REVEALS CONTINUED DISCRIMINATION IN SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY

Chicago, IL (Oct. 13, 2015) – A recent investigation conducted by several Chicago fair housing organizations revealed that despite passage of  Cook County’s Source of Income amendment two years ago, housing providers are still illegally refusing to rent to tenants and treating them differently because of their Housing Choice Vouchers. 

The Fair Housing Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLCCRUL), in association with partners HOPE Fair Housing Center, Open Communities, and South Suburban Housing Center, conducted a fair housing investigation in suburban Cook County to study how housing providers are treating African-American and Caucasian voucher holders. The investigation found that discrimination against tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers, particularly African-Americans, continues to be widespread in suburban Cook County. 

Click here to view the report . 

For more information Contact: Betsy Shuman-Moore, Fair Housing Project Director

(312) 630-9744 ▪ 312-202-3658  or BShuman-Moore@clccrul.org

Clara Kent posted a blog on Oct 14, 2015

SOURCE OF INCOME AND RACE INVESTIGATION REVEALS CONTINUED DISCRIMINATION IN SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY

Chicago, IL (Oct. 13, 2015) – A recent investigation conducted by several Chicago fair housing organizations revealed that despite passage of  Cook County’s Source of Income amendment two years ago, housing providers are still illegally refusing to rent to tenants and treating them differently because of their Housing Choice Vouchers. 

The Fair Housing Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLCCRUL), in association with partners HOPE Fair Housing Center, Open Communities, and South Suburban Housing Center, conducted a fair housing investigation in suburban Cook County to study how housing providers are treating African-American and Caucasian voucher holders. The investigation found that discrimination against tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers, particularly African-Americans, continues to be widespread in suburban Cook County. 

Click here to download the report .

For more information Contact: Betsy Shuman-Moore, Fair Housing Project Director 

(312) 630-9744 ▪ 312-202-3658  or BShuman-Moore@clccrul.org