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

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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  

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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

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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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