2016 – Lesley A. Arizmendi

Lesley Arizmendi’s deep commitment to the rights of people with disabilities has been evident throughout her time at Equip for Equality. What started as an externship during law school led to one year as a volunteer attorney, and to date, six years as a staff attorney for the organization.

In her current role as a staff […]

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2016 – Adrian G. Barr

Adrian Barr’s strong commitment to making our justice system more fair and efficient for all has been the hallmark of his 13-year legal career. Upon his graduation from the University of Illinois College of Law, he joined Prairie State Legal Services as a staff attorney where he handled landlord-tenant, public benefits and disability cases. After […]

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2016 – Graham Bowman

Graham Bowman enrolled in law school determined to use his law license to fight poverty. After six years, Graham has not strayed far from his original goal. He developed a special interest and passion in improving access to healthcare for low-income people, particularly unaccompanied homeless youth.

Since he graduated from the Loyola University of Chicago School […]

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2016 – Virginia L. Torres

Virginia Torres pursued and graduated with a dual MSW/JD degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Virginia knew that with both degrees, she would have the necessary tools to deliver holistic services to people in crisis and better understand the legal and mental health issues impacting survivors of domestic violence.

Virginia has been able to […]

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2016 – Samoane E. Williams

After seeing firsthand how the law affects people differently depending on race and socio-economic status, Samoane Williams knew she wanted to pursue a career in public interest law. Soon after graduating from Michigan State University College of Law, she started a one-year term as an AmeriCorps VISTA Attorney at First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA), an […]

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2015 – Rocío Alcántar

Rocío Alcántar put her law degree to work at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and in her four years there, she has demonstrated extraordinary compassion and commitment to vulnerable immigrant populations in a variety of roles. She began as a staff attorney for the Immigrant Legal Defense Project and Counter-Trafficking Projects before transitioning to […]

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2015 – Jose Alonso

Jose Alonso joined LAF shortly after his law school graduation and has been helping to stabilize the lives of families through his work there for nearly eight years.  As a senior attorney with the Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project, he represents migrant and seasonal agricultural workers across Illinois in wage theft, working condition, general employment, […]

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2015 – Cynthia Cornelius

Cynthia Cornelius serves as the Assistant Director of Legal Programs at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, where she assists individuals who are experiencing direct and collateral consequences of their involvement in the criminal justice system.  She has worked at CGLA in some capacity since law school, first as an intern, then as an Equal Justice Works […]

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2015 – Liz Ptacek

Liz Ptacek serves as the Supervising Attorney for Advocacy at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC), where she represents survivors of domestic violence who seek orders of protection at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse.  In addition to managing her own caseload, Liz helps formulate DVLC’s position on issues ranging from legislation to initiatives and […]

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2015 – Marisa Wiesman

As Director of Volunteer Services at Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS), Marisa Wiesman has significantly increased access to legal services by coordinating pro bono services within PSLS’s 36 county service area and developing a number of new initiatives.  Among other things, she has expanded the number and variety of pro bono opportunities offered, established new […]

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