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Howard T. Goffen
Howard T. Goffen
Howard T. Goffen, a pro bono attorney at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation), will receive the prestigious American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico award for his work on behalf of low income individuals across Cook County. Goffen is one of only five winners throughout the country who will be honored on August 6, 2012 during the ABA’s annual meeting in Chicago.

For more than seven years since his retirement from the private sector, Goffen has devoted more than 7,000 hours of pro bono legal services to his clients at LAF. He has been primary counsel or co-counseled more than 120 cases and has helped his clients in numerous, life-altering ways. He has prevented the loss of client’s homes through loan modification, prevented the termination of Social Security benefits, defended hospital collections lawsuits and garnered unemployment benefits.

“Howard’s impact on LAF’s clients is enormous and he is more deserving of this award than any  other attorney that I have come across in my career,” said Diana C. White, Executive Director of LAF. “He comes in early, stays late and readily gives up his day off if need be. His dedication, tenacity, compassion and humility make him the gold standard for pro bono attorneys.”

The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF) has an opening for a Public Benefits Enrollment Paralegal. This person will work in a new community-based project serving individuals and families who live in Cook County and who may be eligible for one or more of the public benefit "safety net" programs. The start date is Nov. 1, 2010

Applicants must have a college degree, excellent oral and written skills and a commitment to social ustice. The paralegal must be willing to engage in substantial local travel within Cook County.

Send cover letter, resume and two references by Oct. 22, 2010, via email to resume@lafchicago.org.

IBF Grants Committee Member Judge James Wexstten of Mt. Vernon presents a $20,000 grant to Linda Zazove, Deputy Director and Christopher Dain, Director of Development, of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.
IBF Grants Committee Member Judge James Wexstten of Mt. Vernon presents a $20,000 grant to Linda Zazove, Deputy Director, and Christopher Dain, Director of Development, of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $20,000 grant to Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in East St. Louis, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,965. Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation provides free civil legal assistance to low-income persons and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois through five regional offices and a centralized Legal Advice and Referral Center.

The $20,000 grant was made to support the new Education Advocacy Project, a collaboration of Land of Lincoln's East St. Louis Office and the Griffin Center. The purpose of the project is to advocate for the educational rights of children in District 189 (East St. Louis) and to support and empower parents and teachers in their efforts to provide children with a quality education and strong academic foundation. Five hundred elementary age children, who participate in after school programs with Griffin Center, are represented by the program.

The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago has two opening for staff attorneys.

The first position is for its Immigration Project at the downtown office (111 W. Jackson). This staff attorney will handle cases for immigrant victims of crime and trafficking and help them apply for U and T visas.

The second position if for a bilingual staff attorney at the Northwest Service Office (1279 N. Milwaukee). LAF is looking to fill this position with an attorney who is a member of the Illinois Bar and is committed to working with low-income clients and is fluent in speaking and writing Spanish or Polish.

The deadline for applications is July 20, 2009.

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