Our Work


Thank you ILAO Volunteers

By Staff atILAO on April 16, 2018
The strength of the team is each individual member.

National Volunteer Week 2018 is a way to recognize contributions big and small who are eager to lend a hand to others. This year, ILAO recognizes the outstanding contributions of just a few of our many volunteers this year. Stay tuned over the next few days we'll be sharing more profiles.

picture of Natanya PopeNatanya Pope
Legal Content Volunteer (Chicago)

Why she volunteers:
“Sometimes I wish I were oblivious to the needs of others because it can be so overwhelming. Making a difference can feel as hopeless as fighting the ocean. But then I think about the forces that brought me where I am, and I know I didn't do it alone. Someone extended themselves just a little more than was required and changed the course of my and my family’s lives. I think it's a basic concept of humanity that we all want good things to happen to us. That's why we pray, hope, dream, and plan. I don't see how that can happen if we are not blessings to other people.”
Favorite Quote: "Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work." - Mark Twain
Dream job? A judge on "The Great British Baking Show"
Favorite legal movie: 12 Angry Men

Edgar Gonzales, Jr.
Translation Volunteer through the Harvard Winternship Program (Chicago native)
Why he volunteers:
"Volunteering is a willing sacrifice of one's time and resources in the service of others - it builds character and compassion for our neighbors. True volunteering comes from the heart because it is a conscious effort that an individual or a group cannot fulfill its goals without help it can probably not pay for. At a time where local, state and federal austerity measures cut funding for nonprofits and government agencies, it is necessary to volunteer to offset our dependence on government and build grassroots support for our nation's causes and necessities."
Favorite Quote: "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself." - Groucho Marx
Dream job? I'd like to be a director of a nonprofit
Favorite legal movie: The Godfather

Elizabeth Khalil
Legal Content Volunteer (Chicago)

Why she volunteers:
"I enjoy being able to combine my writing and legal skills to edit content for the ILAO website. I hope that my contributions will help people better understand legal concepts that can be complex and opaque, but are important to understanding our rights."
What's your day job? Elizabeth is currently a partner at Dykema Gossett and works from the Chicago office. She contributes to the firm’s financial services blog and is currently writing a treatise on financial privacy.
Favorite things to do in Chicago: Take a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise, sail on Lake Michigan and go to the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Favorite legal movie: Legally Blonde is more profound than it gets credit for. It's about triumph in an extreme environment that wants to label and dismiss Elle unfairly. And, while staying true to herself, she obtains justice for a wrongly accused defendant.

Are you interested in joining ILAO as a volunteer? Learn more