Jody Adler, Director of Community Law Project and Pro Bono Relations

Jody Adler, Director of Community Law Project and Pro Bono Relations


Jody Adler joined the Community Law Project in 1996 as a part-time staff attorney. She became the director of the project in 2010.  Jody specializes in the law of exempt organizations. Jody was instrumental in developing the Community Law Project's seminar series on legal issues impacting nonprofit operations and the development of publications addressing topics of concern to nonprofit groups. She is a frequent speaker on issues of nonprofit board service and exempt organization concerns. She regularly interfaces with private foundations, consultants, law firm pro bono coordinators, and technical assistance providers to develop services for nonprofit entities and entrepreneurs and transactional pro bono opportunities for attorneys. Jody developed the Employer Hotline with the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP to provide nonprofit and low/moderate income employers with access to brief legal assistance to address their employment needs.

Previously, Jody worked at the U.S. Small Business Administration and the UAW-GM Legal Services Plan, a prepaid legal services program for union workers at GM auto plants.  Jody was honored to be the Wasserstein Visiting Public Interest Fellow at Harvard University, Chair of the Legal Aid Committee for the Chicago Bar Association and receive the PILI Alumni Award.

Jody currently serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Community Loan Fund. Jody is a graduate of the DePaul University College of Law and graduated with a social work degree from the University of Iowa.  

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