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A Look Into the Early Resolution Program



by CARPLS Legal Aid

“Amanda” was experiencing a pending eviction and was having difficulty getting answers. Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created economic and social turmoil in Cook County, affecting thousands of people like Amanda.

Given the high probability of a flood of evictions and consumer debt actions, the Circuit Court of Cook County, the Chicago Department of Housing, the Chicago Bar Foundation, the Chicago Bar Association, legal aid […]

A Look Into the Early Resolution Program2021-04-29T10:24:35-05:00

Dina Merrell: Goodbye to Chicago’s Legal Aid Trailblazer



by CARPLS Legal Aid

After a 25+ year career in public interest, Dina Merrell is moving on from The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) to new adventures. She is a quiet leader who prefers to stay out of the limelight. We are certain that this warm sendoff will embarrass her, but we believe it is long overdue.

Dina is a graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and was instrumental […]

Dina Merrell: Goodbye to Chicago’s Legal Aid Trailblazer2021-03-23T14:45:47-05:00

“If Not Now, When?”



by Tanya Pietrkowski, CARPLS Director of Development

I recently heard a friend make this quote in the news about an ambitious endeavor. And, I thought—I remember this quote as a kid from Rabbi Hillel, an ancient Talmudic scholar:

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And being only for myself, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?”

Or you might attribute a version of this […]

“If Not Now, When?”2021-03-01T09:57:42-06:00