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Dina Merrell: Goodbye to Chicago’s Legal Aid Trailblazer

2021-03-23T14:45:47-05:00

3/23/21

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?”

2021-03-01T09:57:42-06:00

2/25/21

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

The Road Ahead for Legal Aid, the Pandemic and Technology: A Q&A with LTF’s Hanna Kaufman

2021-02-01T10:08:29-06:00

1/28/21

By CARPLS Legal Aid

After months of working closely with us on COVID HELP Illinois, Hanna Kaufman, who is the Counsel for Innovation & Technology at the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois (LTF), talked to us about LTF’s state of mind and what she sees as the future of legal aid.

LTF is the largest state-level funder of civil legal aid for the low-income in Illinois. Established as […]

The Road Ahead for Legal Aid, the Pandemic and Technology: A Q&A with LTF’s Hanna Kaufman2021-02-01T10:08:29-06:00