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Battling Systemic Racial Injustice



By Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director

For 27 years, we have battled injustice by helping low- and middle-income residents navigate their legal problems. Today, we are working harder than every to drive change in the face of systematic racism.

Friday, June 19, 2020, is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. We have always strived to understand the significance of this […]

Battling Systemic Racial Injustice2020-06-16T12:02:55-05:00

Protecting Consumer Rights



By Ashlee Highland, CARPLS Supervising Attorney

You would be shocked at how quickly you, without your knowledge, can have all the money in your bank account frozen after a judgment in debt court. As a legal aid attorney in the Chicago area for over 20 years, I’ve seen countless examples of the ways debt courts are rigged against low-income people.

The Pew Charitable Trust’s release this week of a […]

Protecting Consumer Rights2020-05-18T14:12:37-05:00

COVID-19 Stories: CARPLS Staff Helping People In Need



By Nicole NeSmith, CARPLS Development & Communications Associate

Before the pandemic, CARPLS’ staff was already committed to providing free legal help to anyone in need. Many members of our team are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in creative ways over and above their hotline shifts. CARPLS has always been there to help people in crisis, and now is no different.

Facing It Together Head On

Aleida Lozano-Netzel, CARPLS Staff Attorney, […]

COVID-19 Stories: CARPLS Staff Helping People In Need2020-04-28T12:23:47-05:00