2012 – Jill Roberts

Jill RobertsJill Roberts joined Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) as a staff attorney in 2010. Notably, she began her work at CGLA in 2006 as a law student intern, and it was that experience that solidified her plan to become a legal aid attorney. Having fulfilled her dream, Jill currently holds a unique position with dual roles in CGLA’s family law and criminal records programs. Her work includes managing a high-volume caseload of divorce, order of protection, custody, visitation, parentage, expungement, sealing, and clemency cases. Jill previously worked in the housing law program at CGLA doing eviction and subsidy termination cases and is currently working on her first appellate eviction case. Jill also is the only Spanish speaking attorney on staff, and her language abilities have enabled CGLA to serve a broader population of clients.

Prior to working at CGLA, Jill spent a little over a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA attorney at LAF, where she worked on the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children. She also completed a one-year judicial clerkship with the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Detroit Immigration Court.

Jill graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College and, in 2008, received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Certificate in Public Interest Law. During law school, Jill was heavily involved with the Kent Justice Foundation, a student organization that promotes public service work, and also found time to intern or volunteer at four different legal aid organizations. Not surprisingly, she received the Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award for completing over 250 hours of community service while in law school.

As a result of her extraordinary efforts and accomplishments advocating for low-income individuals and families, Jill was awarded a CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship in 2012, a financial award that will help meet her law school loan obligations. “I appreciate any program that recognizes the importance of public interest lawyers and the financial sacrifices we make to provide essential legal services to the most vulnerable of clients. I am incredibly grateful to have been chosen for this Fellowship.”