Hotline Number 312-738-9200
November 2019
Celebrate Veterans Day on November 11!
Larry Accepts A Helping Hand

Larry, a Marine Corps Veteran, called our free IL-AFLAN hotline feeling overwhelmed because his ex-wife left the state with their children, and she was refusing to cooperate with him. A CARPLS attorney helped Larry understand his legal rights and connected him with one of our IL-AFLAN program partners.

Larry said, "It was like the attorney took an elephant off my chest and then held out a hand to help me up. Talking to an attorney relieved a lot of stress. Thank you CARPLS!"
Everyday Justice Blog:
Pro Bono Star Erica Spangler Raz
Erica Spangler Raz is a longtime CARPLS volunteer and  Professionals Board  member, and a former CARPLS staff attorney. She currently serves as Senior Counsel and Director of Pro Bono at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

Erica joined the CARPLS Professionals Board in 2012 after serving as a staff attorney for many years. Before joining CARPLS' staff, Erica volunteered with CARPLS and CLAIM, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (which merged with Cabrini Green Legal Aid), including teaching women in jail self-advocacy skills and the legal system.

When asked what piqued her interest about volunteering with CARPLS specifically, Erica said, “More than twenty years ago as a college student in another city, my roommate and I experienced an illegal lockout. Our landlord turned down our heat illegally, and we ended up calling a free hotline for help whose name I don’t recall. But I remember feeling so thankful that there was a place to call. That was the kind of help my roommate and I needed, and I wanted to do that, too.”

Erica started volunteering with CARPLS as a third-year law student almost fifteen years ago, which was very unusual at the time. “I started on the eviction hotline, and it really felt full service for clients. You could advise clients about their rights, how they could represent themselves in eviction court—and when clients needed social services for new housing or one-time cash assistance for a security deposit, you provided referrals to those agencies. CARPLS already had a vast network of social service agencies, and I’m fortunate to work with many of these same nonprofits in my current position.”

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CARPLS Trivia: best night of the year!
On October 16, nearly 200 people competed against each other in good fun for the title of Ultimate CARPLS Trivia Champion! The web series Good in Chicago profiled CARPLS in the video above. Also, be sure to check out the podcast here!
Tanya Pietrkowski, CARPLS' Director of Development, talks to Brendan Greeley and Rashanah Baldwin, co-hosts of Good in Chicago.
Our trivia participants during the Steinholding contest!
Our 2019 Ultimate CARPLS Trivia Champion, Team MacGruber!
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The New & Improved Professionals Board!
No longer the Associate Board! This illustrious group changed their name to the CARPLS Professionals Board. If you're not familiar, visit our page and see who comprises this wonderful team.

Also read an inspiring blog post on Ruth Bader Ginsburg from Professionals Board member Dana Hill, Clinical Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Save the Date!
CARPLS Golden Gavel Celebration

May 20, 2020, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue
CARPLS | 17 N. State Street | Suite 1850 | Chicago | Illinois | 60602 |

CARPLS Hotline: 312-738-9200 IL-AFLAN Hotline : 855-452-3526