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: