2022 Legal Aid Recruitment and Retention Study

The CBF worked with Mercer Consulting on a comprehensive new study of recruitment and retention of lawyers and advocates in our legal aid community that was released in July, 2022. This study builds off a groundbreaking study the CBF did back in 2006 and identifies both significant challenges and real opportunities for our community to recruit and retain a diverse, talented, and dedicated group of legal aid advocates to serve as the backbone for the broader efforts to ensure access to justice. Read the study.

2022 Legal Aid Recruitment/Retention Study Advisory Committee

  • Margaret Benson, CVLS                           
  • Mallory Littlejohn, CAASE             
  • Oi Eng Crandus, Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • Catalina Salley, National Immigrant Justice Center                              
  • Ashley Olson, Ascend Justice                  
  • Kate Shank, Legal Aid Chicago               
  • Kenya Garrett Burnett, Legal Council for Health Justice         
  • Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Moran Center for Youth Advocacy     
  • Maureen Kieffer, Loyola University School of Law                  
  • Shaye Loughlin, DePaul University College of Law      
  • Aaron Hanford, Prairie State Legal Services
  • Calvin Hwang, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid
  • Candice Stearns, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid
  • Shirley Sierra, Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • Susan Shulman, North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic


  • Megan Connolly, Mercer

CBF Liaisons

  • Bob Glaves                                                  
  • Sang Yup Lee
  • Amy Cho, U of I College of Law (2021 Summer Extern)