Meet Michelle 
Patterson, our
new Director of Development!

Michelle has worked in nonprofit development and communications for more than 15 years.

Starting at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago in 2006, Michelle has grown her skills at many organizations, including Casa Central, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Heartland Alliance Health.

Most recently, Michelle served as the Development Director at Deborah’s Place, a position she held for more than six years. As the new Director of Development at CARPLS, she brings more than 10 years’ experience in building strong development teams, growing individual giving, working with Board members and volunteers, event planning and producing effective fundraising communications. 

What interests you about legal aid?

I actually have a background in legal services going back to my dad. He was an attorney, and he loved practicing law. He had his own practice and chose the kinds of cases and projects he wanted to work on. Late in his career, he focused on elder law because he saw how many elderly people were taken advantage of by their families. He wanted to protect them. Even though I didn’t go into law myself, I worked with him even as a kid, helping him prepare for seminars, drafting documents and generating his billing. This work prepared me for many years spent as a legal secretary. While that wasn’t my calling, I still have a great respect for the law and believe everyone is entitled to competent legal representation.

The Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing will to work alongside CARPLS and Legal Aid Chicago to provide free legal help to low-income tenants “at risk of or subject to eviction or lock-out” in Chicago. This is provided through the Chicago Department of Housing.

CCLAHD program major force in reducing Cook County evictions
Cook County has seen a reduced number of evictions because of the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing & Debt (CCLAHD) program and available rental assistance!

We are proud partners of CCLAHD.

Supervising Attorney Patricia-Cintron Bastin accepts CARPLS' Accompaniment Award at Taller de José event
From left: CARPLS Supervising Attorney Patricia Cintron-Bastin, Taller de José Executive Director Anna Mayer Diaz, and CARPLS Supervising Attorney Maria Mora.

"Together we have done some amazing work," said Patricia Cintron-Bastin in her acceptance speech on behalf of CARPLS. "We provided our Latinx community with the ability to talk to a lawyer about their legal problem directly. We have been able to explain their legal rights and offer solutions. We have helped clients get representation in an eviction cases and much, much more. Most importantly we have given our Latinx community hope and compassion during their most trying times. We hope to continue our partnership with Taller de José and continue to provide a holistic approach."

Did you spot CARPLS this past weekend?
CARPLS Supervising Attorney Patricia Cintron-Bastin with Rep. Delia Ramirez, 4th District at the Dia Del Nino on Friday, April 29.
Patricia Cintron-Bastin at the Northside Resource Fair on Saturday, April 30
Hear from our CARPLS clients
CARPLS helps client with a frozen bank account

"I could not have gotten through what has been the most stressful situation of my life without CARPLS! Faith in humanity restored. Thank you! Special shout out to the attorney for her excellent advice and advocacy."
CARPLS saves family from eviction

"Speaking with the attorney helped me with a lot of my anxiety. I am so grateful for the help. Thank you!"
"Mine was an outstanding experience"

"I was very concerned about appearing in court. The conversation and legal advice received, really put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend anyone to use this service."