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Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Seeks an Executive Director

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Seeks an Executive Director

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation seeks an Executive Director to lead this private not-for-profit corporation that provides low-income and senior residents of the 65 counties in central and southern Illinois with high quality free legal services in order to obtain and maintain their basic human needs.  High priority roles and responsibilities for the Executive Director include: Serving as the public face of Land of Lincoln and nurturing effective collaborative relationships between Land of Lincoln and its clients, funders, community organizations, bar leaders, private donors, business and civic communities; Articulating and nurturing a vision for Land of Lincoln’s future; Growing and diversifying resources to support Land of Lincoln’s work; Leading advocacy within Land of Lincoln and the community to benefit low income clients; Making and carrying out employment decisions regarding hiring, promotion and dismissal of program staff. Qualifications of the Executive Director include: A passion for the mission of Land of Lincoln and a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income individuals and communities; Juris Doctorate degree and membership in good standing with the Illinois Bar, or ability to obtain membership upon employment; A minimum of ten years’ experience in the practice of law including significant experience with ligation and management of litigation, in the context of legal services a plus; Significant management and supervision experience, in a key management position with a legal services organization a plus; Experience in financial oversight, development of budgets, and compliance with grant and contract requirements; Strong leadership skills with a focus on the big picture; Successful experience in resource development; Excellent skills in communication, collaboration, time management, delegation, strategic planning, and relationship-building; Personal attributes which include compassion, good listening skills, flexibility, open-mindedness, accessibility and thoughtfulness; Valuing diversity, cultural competency, urban/rural differences. Applications: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  In order to receive full consideration, however, candidates are urged to submit their materials by March 24, 2017.  Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references. Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale.  Benefits are excellent. Land of Lincoln is being assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 105 Chauncy St., Fl 6, Ste 3, Boston, MA 02111, 617-556-0288, ppap@mielegalaid.org.  Candidates with questions about the position or process are encourage to contact her. Materials should be submitted electronically to ppap@mielegalaid.org in Microsoft Word or pdf format.  Land of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Employer and persons seeking employment will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, military status (including unfavorable discharged), marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation (real or perceived), political affiliation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable United States federal or state law.   About Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation: Land of Lincoln’s vision is that “all people of central and southern Illinois should have access to justice, income security, adequate housing, quality education, healthcare safety from violence and exploitation, and the opportunity to improve their own lives.” Its mission is to provide low-income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois with high quality legal services in order to obtain and maintain their basic human needs. Through advice, representation, advocacy, education, and collaboration, Land of Lincoln seeks: to achieve justice for those whose voices might otherwise not be heard; to empower individuals to advocate for themselves; and to make positive change in the...

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John E. Thies, former Illinois State Bar President, Elected President of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in News | Comments Off on John E. Thies, former Illinois State Bar President, Elected President of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (August 1, 2016) – Attorney John E. Thies, a shareholder at Webber & Thies, P.C., in Urbana, and past President of the Illinois State Bar Association was installed as President of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation on June 22, 2016.  Thies was sworn in by Chief Justice Rita B. Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court. Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation provides eligible low-income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois with high quality civil legal services in order to obtain and maintain their basic human needs. As President, Thies said he wants to empower a staff which, among others, includes more than fifty attorneys to be the best professionals they can be. “Land of Lincoln is one of the premier legal aid organizations in the country – much of that is due to our outstanding staff.”  Thies said.  “With the help of private lawyers throughout the service area, we need to ensure that the legal needs of the poor and aging are met to every extent possible.  I want to energize our profession to be a full partner in the agency’s mission through more institutionalized giving and pro bono service.” Thies served as the 136th President of the Illinois State Bar Association from 2012-2013. He is also past president of the National Caucus of State Bar Associations, and is a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. As a lawyer, Thies has earned a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of AV. He also has received the SuperLawyers designation and has been identified by the Leading Lawyers Network as one of the top ten downstate business lawyers in Illinois. Among other organizations, Thies is a member of the Illinois State, Champaign County, Chicago and American Bar Associations. Thies is a Fellow of the Illinois and American Bar Foundations, and currently serves on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness and the Strategic Planning Committee of the Illinois Judicial Conference. In the area of community service, Thies has served on numerous philanthropic boards and committees. These have included: Cunningham Children’s Home Foundation (past President); Champaign-Urbana Community Schools Foundation (past Chair); Volunteer Center of Champaign County (past Chair); Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club (past board member); Illinois Bar Foundation (past board member); and United Way of Champaign County (past board member). Together with his wife, Terry, he has led youth on a number of church mission trips to such locations as West Virginia, Mississippi and Mexico. Thies received a B.A. with distinction from Indiana University in 1984 (Economics), and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1988. He practices in the area of business representation and general litigation, and resides in Urbana with his wife Terry and their two daughters, Kathryn and...

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Linda Zazove Presented With Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Linda Zazove Presented With Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award

Linda Zazove, Deputy Director for Program Operations – Retired, for Land of Lincoln, was presented with the Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award on June 19, 2015 by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at its 139th Annual Meeting held at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.   Linda Zazove was recognized for three decades worth of professional and dedicated work focusing on low-income and senior populations in Central and Southern Illinois. She has worked tirelessly for equal access to justice in an extraordinary variety of ways at the local, state and national level. Linda began her career with Land of Lincoln in 1980 representing clients in domestic violence and Social Security cases. During her tenure with Land of Lincoln, Linda filed or co-counseled nine successful class actions. Linda served as Director of Development before being promoted to Deputy Director of Program Operations. Linda has served on numerous committees and boards during her legal aid career. Even though Linda has retired from Land of Lincoln as Deputy Director of Program Operations, Linda will continue to serve working on updating technology for Land of Lincoln through the end of 2015.   Land of Lincoln’s Director of Litigation and Advocacy, Susan M. Simone, and Managing Attorney of the Eastern Regional Office, Susan Zielke, jointly nominated Linda for this award. “Throughout more than 30 years in legal services, Linda has used her exceptional advocacy and administrative skills to tirelessly advance the interests of the poor and disabled. We knew Mr. Bartylak and cannot imagine a more fitting recipient for the award named in his honor.”   The Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award was named in memory of former Executive Director of Land of Lincoln and ISBA member, Joe Bartylak. The award honors the extraordinary commitment and dedication of a civil legal services attorney who provides the highest caliber of compassionate legal representation to Illinois’ low-income...

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Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois Leadership Award Presented to Joan Spiegel

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois Leadership Award Presented to Joan Spiegel

Joan Spiegel, Managing Attorney of the Western Regional Office for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (Land of Lincoln), was presented with The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois’ Leadership Award on June 12 from at its annual meeting held at the Chicago Bar Association.   Joan Spiegel was recognized for more than three decades worth of exemplary leadership and dedicated service to the cause of equal access to justice. During her 31 years of service at Land of Lincoln, Joan’s main focus has been on the rights of children, victims of domestic violence, and individuals with disabilities. With a special talent for collaboration, Joan worked closely with domestic violence shelters and courts to create The Lawyers in the Courtroom Project in 1997, and had an instrumental part in the establishment of the Third Circuit’s mortgage foreclosure mediation program. In 2011, Joan spearheaded a program in the Third Judicial Circuit that created a circuit-wide pro bono coordinating council that brought together a variety of stakeholders (including judges) to address the need for more pro bono services. This model program has been adopted by five other circuits, and continues to expand.   The Lawyers Trust Fund President-elect, Jennifer Nijman, had this to say about Joan Spiegel in her presentation of this award, “Obviously, legal aid needs all the help it can get, and one of Joan’s most remarkable gifts is her ability to rally others to the cause, through the force of her convictions, the depth of her knowledge, and the example of her hard...

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LOLLAF Celebrates Executive Director’s 40th Anniversary

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in News | Comments Off on LOLLAF Celebrates Executive Director’s 40th Anniversary

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation recently honored its Executive Director, Lois Wood, for 40 years of service.  Ms. Wood began her distinguished career with Land of Lincoln on August 9, 1974 upon graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she had been President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Ms. Wood began her career with Land of Lincoln as a staff attorney working on consumer, public utility rate making and public housing issues in the East St. Louis office.  She became managing attorney of the East St. Louis office in 1978 and from 1986 to 1996 she also represented financially distressed farmers in the Family Farm Law Project.  In 2004, the Land of Lincoln Board of Directors promoted her to Executive Director. At the celebration of her 40 years of service, Ms. Wood said that it has been her honor and privilege to have been able to spend her career promoting access to the civil justice system for low-income and disadvantaged residents of central and southern Illinois. She said she knew she wanted to work in legal aid after she met with her first client at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau during her second year in law school. She acknowledged the support she has received over the years from members of the legal community, and thanked the staff of Land of Lincoln for “being like a family.” Ms. Wood has been actively involved in local and state bar associations, holding many leadership positions. She has also received many awards and honors throughout the years.  In 1994, she received the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois Attorney Recognition Award.  In 2002, she received the Chief Judge Richard A. Hudlin IV Memorial Award from the St. Clair County Bar Association.  This award is in memory of the first African-American Chief Judge in southern Illinois and is presented annually for community service and professionalism.  In his nomination letter to the St. Clair County Bar Association, Russell K. Scott wrote:  “Lois Wood epitomizes the best our profession has to offer.  Her many years of selfless service to the less fortunate throughout Central and Southern Illinois is a testament to both her character and her abilities.” In 2003 Lois received the Kutak-Dodds Prize presented by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the Robert J. Kutak Foundation.  This cash award of $10,000 is presented annually to a civil legal services attorney for advocacy on behalf of the poor.  In 2006 Lois received the Laureate of the Academy of Illinois Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association.  This is presented annually to lawyers who exemplify the highest ideals of the profession.  In 2010, the St. Louis University School of Law Public Interest Law Group presented Lois with the Clarence Darrow Public Interest Law...

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Legal Help for Homeowners

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Legal Help for Homeowners

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. launched the Legal Help for Homeowners Project in October 2012, through a grant from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. Since that time, attorneys in the five Land of Lincoln service offices have helped nearly 400 homeowners with advice, budget counseling, assistance with loan modifications, representation in the foreclosure case, and bankruptcy. Facts: • In March 2013, Illinois had the second highest number of bank repossessions in the nation – more than 3,500 (http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/11/real_estate/foreclosures/index.html) • In 2012, Illinois saw the 5th largest increase in foreclosure filings – up 33% from the year before (http://www.inman.com/news/2013/01/18/foreclosure-filings-in-half-us-states-in-2012) • Since October 2012, the Eastern and Northern Regional offices of Land of Lincoln, which cover the counties in the local area, have assisted households who were facing foreclosure related problems with 125 different cases. • Foreclosure filings in 2012 in local counties are reported as 560 in Champaign; 77 in DeWitt; 82 in Douglas; 58 in Edgar; 62 in Ford; 307 in Macon; 38 in Moultrie; 62 in Piatt; and 327 in Vermilion. If you are a homeowner in need of assistance, please call our toll-free number at...

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