Projects

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee performs work in litigation, advocacy, and transactional law.

Our Fair Housing & Lending Project ensures that Chicagoans have the right to live wherever they please, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender or whether they have a disability. We also take defend Chicagoans from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as source of income, defending the right of those with housing subsidies to apply those subsidies to their cost of housing. Our Employment Opportunity Project defends workers against discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. This work is expanded in our Settlement Assistance Project, which assists pro se litigants in settlement conferences. Finally, our Hate Crimes Project champions the victims of hate crimes in civil court, seeking damages against their attackers.

Meanwhile, The Law Project is one of only two legal service nonprofits in Chicago offering pro bono transactional legal services to community-based nonprofit organizations and low-income entrepreneurs. Services include legal representation, educational workshops and nonprofit board trainings,

In recent years, we have begun research in awakening new or long-dormant Projects to pursue an aggressive agenda of equality for all Chicagoans. These include:

  • Environmental Justice: Minimizing the effects of where we live on our health, our education, our employment, our housing and our safety, and ensuring that disadvantaged populations are not forced to live in unhealthy, unsafe neighborhoods
  • Incarceration Prevention: Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, minimizing criminal recidivism, establishing ladders from incarceration to employment, and minimizing the stigma of prison time
  • Minimizing Health Disparities: Lower-income communities with fewer resources continue to see lower access to health technology and policy initiatives designed at increasing and streamlining access to healthcare. We ensure that the well-being of low-income communities is considered in health policy work.
  • Educational Equity Project: Disparities in rate and severity of discipline, the amount of funding for students’ education, classroom size, and other factors establish social disadvantages at a very young age. We drive an agenda of equality in the classroom, combatting these trends.
  • Voting Rights Project: The right to vote is a fundamental component of American citizenship, and the strongest tool civilians have in protecting their rights. We make sure the polls are open, accessible, and fair.