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by Andrew Sharp, May 01, 2018
Every year we recognize some of our most dedicated volunteers for all of the hard work they put in to help us make our website possible. Below please see the recipients of this years' awards.From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for being a part of this organization! We couldn't do w... More
thank you note writing
by Staff atILAO, Apr 19, 2018
Our appreciations of ILAO volunteers on #NationalVolunteerWeek continueHongru Sun LiveHelp operator (Chicago)Why she volunteers: "Frankly speaking, at first I did it in order to meet the requirements of the NY bar application. But later I realized that it makes me so happy to help others using... More
by Clare McKinley, Apr 16, 2018
Our April LiveHelp Volunteer of the Month goes to another student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Marc Sana has been volunteering with ILAO since October of 2016. He was selected as volunteer of the month because of his strong dedication to assisting our users and the noticeable positi... More
The strength of the team is each individual member.
by Staff atILAO, Apr 18, 2018
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. Nata... More
man looking at a stack of bills
by Staff atILAO, Apr 09, 2018
This guest blog post was written by Martin Wegbreit, Director of Litigation, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.In a word, “no.” Filing bankruptcy without a lawyer reminds me of my favorite quote from the 1981 movie “Body Heat, altered for a PG audience.“I got a serious question for you: What... More
by Tevin Williams, Mar 21, 2018
Our LiveHelp Volunteer of the Month is a student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Beth Lebens has been volunteering with ILAO since early November of 2017. She was selected as volunteer of the month because of the constant positive feedback that she has received from our wonderful users... More
bungalow house in Chicago
by Tony Ezzi, Mar 19, 2018
This guest blog post was written by Attorney Tony Abou Ezzi of Chicago, Illinois.Before we start, I suspect that you stumbled across this article because you have lost a loved one. For that I am very sorry and I offer my condolences to you and your family.Below are some steps you can take when... More
SRLN Conference elevator speech
by Amy Clark, Mar 07, 2018
On February 22nd and 23rd, I attended the 2nd Annual Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) Conference in San Francisco. The SRLN is dedicated to supporting justice system professionals who are focused on reforming the legal system so that it provides 100% access to justice for self-repres... More
senior woman comforting man with depression at home
by Samira Nazem, Stephanie Ridella Vittands, Feb 21, 2018
This guest blog post is by Samira Nazem of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Stephanie Ridella of the Center for Disability and Elder Law.Watching a loved one struggle with mental illness can be very challenging, and it’s good that you want to get help for your loved one. Fortunately, Illinois la... More
A hand with a pen filling out tax forms with a calculator in the back
by Staff atILAO, Feb 08, 2018
This guest blog post was written by Molly DiRago, an attorney in Illinois.The Invest in Kids Act was signed into law in 2017 in Illinois. It lets taxpayers get a tax credit for donating to scholarship organizations. The organizations must give money to elementary and high school students whose... More