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Justice for Mary

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Client Story | Comments Off on Justice for Mary

Justice for Mary

Mary is a 60-year old senior who despite her own significant health issues, works as a caregiver for elderly clients. As a caregiver, she drives from home to home helping seniors with daily living activities. Mary contacted Land of Lincoln because of significant debt, including her car payment, which ate up nearly half of her take-home pay.   In the past decade, Mary has dealt with scarring of her lungs from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis in both her hands, undergone two back surgeries, and continues to have severe tremors in her right hand that remain unexplained. While trying to pay for her medical debts and car payment, she had to give up living on her own because she couldn’t pay her rent and utility bills. She was forced to move back in with her ex-husband to try and make ends meet. She was also locked into a predatory car loan for a 2001 Buick Century. She still owed over $12,000 for a 17-year old car that was sold to her without a working odometer. Her car payment was $470 a month. She had to continue to pay on the car, because without it, she would lose her job and be unable to keep her medical appointments. Land of Lincoln assisted Mary by filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Our attorney filed a Motion to Redeem the car, citing that it was only worth $150. She argued that it was an older car and should have never been sold to Mary without a working odometer. As a result, Mary redeemed her car for $150. This freed up $470 a month to pay for day-to-day needs including rent. The bankruptcy also offered her the opportunity to reapply for utilities. Our attorney helped her apply for food stamps, and also provided her with a list of low-income housing options in her community.  Mary is thrilled with the results, and for the first time in a very long time, she can begin to live independently without fear of losing her job or car. “Land of Lincoln has helped me get everything in order and has eliminated a lot of my stress.” –...

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Carbondale Attorney Wins State Bar Association Awards for Public Service

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Carbondale Attorney Wins State Bar Association Awards for Public Service

Carbondale attorney Paul Matalonis received the Illinois State Bar Association’s highest award for public service, the Joseph Bartylak Award, on July 18, 2018. Matalonis has worked for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation for 34 years after volunteering for the organization as a law student. The award is presented annually to a legal service attorney who “provides extraordinary, compassionate and successful legal advocacy, significantly advances access to quality legal representation, and serves as an example through a record of exceptional advocacy, leadership and dedication for the importance of providing civil legal services to the state’s most vulnerable citizens.” Matalonis has represented thousands of low-income individuals in civil cases during his tenure at Land of Lincoln. He is also a statewide expert in housing law, served as Land of Lincoln’s  Housing Law Task Force Chair for 14 years, and he was the Board President of the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless for seven years.  In a recent lawsuit, Matalonis successfully prevented a tenant’s eviction and obtained $10,000 in damages for her. In response to winning the award, Matalonis expressed that his award would serve as inspiration to other attorneys to work on behalf of low income people. He also said, “The last four words of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America state ‘and Justice for all!’   Fighting every day for the last 36 years to make this a reality for some poor people in Southern Illinois has been a very worthwhile profession. “ He added, “ I hope the recognition I receive for this award will inspire others to stay in this fight and the majority of my peers to join in.” Land of Lincoln Board President John Thies said, “Paul motivates all of us by his dedication to the needs of clients and community. He truly embodies our Mission and Vision.” Matalonis also volunteers with the Carbondale Women’s Center, Buckminster Fuller Dome Home Preservation, and the Southern Action Counties...

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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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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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