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 population.