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Educational Equity Project Pro Bono Project Volunteer Attorney

Organization

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Location

Can be done anywhere

Website

Description

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., works to combat the school-to-prison pipeline through one of its newest initiatives, the Educational Equity Project. The Educational Equity Project (EEP) protects and promotes access to education by addressing the individual and systemic barriers that disproportionately impact historically-disadvantaged communities. EEP has identified these communities as ethnic and racial minority students, low-income students, students with disabilities and LGBTQ students.

All children in Chicago Public Schools are entitled to an attorney at their expulsion hearings, though most minority students do not obtain one. Attorney presence can improve the outcome a student receives. A good outcome to the hearing decreases the amount of time students spend away from the classroom and provides students with the tools and strategies they need to reform their behavior.

About the organization

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee works to protect the civil rights of poor, minority and disadvantaged people. Our work is in the area of education, employment opportunity, fair housing, hate crimes and community economic development.

The Lawyers' Committee also runs a pro bono program to represent students in  expulsion hearings. Please contact us to do an intake interview if you have a student in that situation.