Caroline Manley has been with CDEL for over six years and currently is a Supervising Attorney. When Caroline was a third year law student at DePaul College of Law she spent the entire academic year with CDEL as an intern during which time she recognized the difficulties CDEL’s clients had when trying to access CDEL’s downtown office. Caroline submitted a successful application to the Borchard Center on Law & Aging to establish community-based legal clinics in four Cook County suburbs. In 2012, Caroline expanded her work in the suburbs, and began expanding the clinic model to high-need Chicago communities through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation. These clinics are now known as CDEL’s Senior Legal Assistance Clinics and Caroline oversees ten clinics that meet twelve times a month throughout Cook County. In 2016 CDEL scheduled over 440 appointments at the clinics.
Since the fellowship funding concluded in 2014 Caroline has secured support from multiple foundations to keep the clinics running. Just this month, CDEL received the largest contribution to date for the clinics when funds for the Senior Legal Assistance Clinics were received from the Russell & Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust.
In addition to supervising the clinics and representing clients, Caroline is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Legal Aid Committee and the immediate past Chair of the Elder Law Committee. She regularly presents to groups of attorneys and other professionals and in October spoke on ethics at Northern Trust’s Nonprofit Conference. Caroline is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Leadership Institute and a recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation Sun-Times Public Interest Fellowship.