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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2015 – Candace Moore

Candace Moore, a 2013 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is a staff attorney at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLCCRUL). As an intern at CLCCRUL during law school and later as a volunteer, Candace helped establish the organization’s Education Equity Project, which she continues to focus her work on […]

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2014 – Mary Lou Villanueva

Mary Lou Villanueva, the 2014 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Scholarship recipient, has long dreamed of becoming a public interest lawyer so she can provide much needed legal assistance to people in her community of Little Village.

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2014 – Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle Fitzsimmons began her legal career at the Rock Island office of Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS), where she continues to work today. Since 2007, Michelle has represented low-income clients in a broad range of civil legal matters…

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2014 – Caroline Manley

Caroline Manley began working at Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) shortly after graduating from law school in 2011. She was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Borchard Center on Law & Aging to launch a project to develop legal clinics in four senior centers…

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2014 – Verity Sandell

Verity Sandell joined LAF as a staff attorney in 2012 shortly after graduating from law school. She works in LAF’s Children and Families Practice Group’s Education Project, through which she represents children who are in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services…

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2014 – Jessica Schneider

Jessica Schneider joined Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLCCRUL) in 2011. She currently serves as a Staff Attorney for the Fair Housing and Educational Equity Projects.

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2014 – Rachel Weisberg

Rachel Weisberg joined Equip for Equality as a staff attorney in 2012. Her practice focuses on litigating disability rights discrimination claims in a variety of forums. Rachel has helped clients win favorable outcomes in cases ranging from the exclusion from businesses to the denial of housing to the reduction of State-provided home services critical for independent living.

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2014 – Catherine Longkumer

Catherine Longkumer’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of human trafficking victims began in college when she first read about sexual slavery as part of a book study. These stories had a profound impact on Catherine and would become a driving force of her career. Not satisfied to simply read about the problem, she took action and spent a month in Thailand…

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Natalie Maust2013 – Natalie Maust

Natalie Maust, the 2013 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Scholarship recipient, has devoted her personal and professional life to service, community building, and social justice. As a senior in college, Natalie spent nearly six months in Peru interning with a Peruvian human rights organization that is committed to promoting justice in impoverished and oppressed communities.

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