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A “Second Chance” for the New Year: Free Expungement and Sealing Clinic

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Events, News | Comments Off on A “Second Chance” for the New Year: Free Expungement and Sealing Clinic

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in partnership with Man-Tra-Con, Rend Lake College, and Southern 14 Local Work Force Investment Board Corporation will host A “Second Chance” for the New Year: Free Legal Assistance Expungement and Record Sealing Clinic.  This clinic will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cairo Jr/Sr High School Cafeteria at 4201 Sycamore Street in Cairo, Illinois. Expungement is a court-ordered process that allows a legal record of an arrest, court supervision or certain probations to be removed, or expunged, from that person’s criminal record.  Sealing removes eligible criminal convictions from public record and prevents most employers from accessing a person’s criminal record without legal authority. At the Expungement and Record Sealing Clinic, attorneys will be available to assist eligible low-income individuals with qualifying adult misdemeanor and felony criminal records apply to have their records expunged and/or sealed. This also includes assistance with drafting petitions for the expungement and/ or sealing of their criminal records. While attendees are not required to bring their criminal records, it may be helpful.  If possible, attendees should come prepared on January 20th with the following information: The case number The date of arrest The arresting law enforcement agency The charges brought Any paperwork they have relating to each case For more information regarding the Expungement and Sealing Clinic, please call (618) 457-7800 ext....

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Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Unified Communications / Telephone System

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in News, RFP, Vendor | Comments Off on Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Unified Communications / Telephone System

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. is currently accepting proposals for a Unified Communications/Telephone System. The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be viewed here.  Sealed proposals are due and must be received no later than December 22, 2017. Questions about specifications should be referred to Calvin Hwang, Deputy Director at 618-398-0574, email chwang@lollaf.org.  

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Land of Lincoln Announces Michael Ferry as New Executive Director

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Land of Lincoln Announces Michael Ferry as New Executive Director

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Michael Ferry has been selected to be its new Executive Director as of July 17, 2017.   Lois Wood will be retiring after 13 years as Executive Director and a total of 43 years of service at Land of Lincoln in pursuit of equal justice for low-income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois. “The Board feels very fortunate to have attracted and hired such an outstanding candidate who is so deeply committed to our mission” said John Thies, President of Land of Lincoln’s Board of Directors, and former President of the Illinois State Bar Association.  “Land of Lincoln is a strong and stable program, as a result of Lois’ strong leadership in partnership with the private bar.  We now enter a period of financial uncertainty as the President has called for the elimination of the Legal Services Corporation which provides about 1/3 of Land of Lincoln ‘s funding.  We believe that Mike will be an excellent leader in the days and years ahead as we strive to preserve and increase our high quality legal help to people on the most critical issues in their lives.” After growing up in Illinois, Mr. Ferry earned his B.A. at Washington University, his M.A. at the University of Illinois, and his law degree at New York University.  During law school, Mr. Ferry interned at Land of Lincoln for a summer, focusing on consumer cases.  After graduation, he accepted a position at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri where he was an attorney in their consumer unit and later Managing Attorney of their benefits unit. While at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, he helped create Gateway Legal Services, a not-for-profit, self-supporting legal aid program, and since 1998, he has served as its Executive Director.  Gateway provides a variety of reduced fee and pro bono service in the areas of consumer, bankruptcy and Social Security law throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Mr. Ferry was presented the Vern Countryman Award in 1994, awarded nationally by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) in recognition of outstanding efforts to strengthen and affirm the rights of low-income Americans through the practice of consumer law.  He was later asked to join the Board of NCLC and has been its President since 2005. He is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, is chair of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Consumer Law Subcommittee, and is a Commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at both Washington University and St. Louis University Law Schools.   About Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation provides free civil legal services to low-income persons, senior citizens, veterans and the active military in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois, with the belief 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....

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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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