Meet our new Development Director: Paroma Mukherjee
Please give a warm welcome to Paroma Mukherjee, our new Director of Development!

Paroma has been a professional fundraiser for over 20 years, generating much needed resources for nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad, to enable social transformation.

Her entire career has been dedicated to working in the not-for-profit sector, working within different issue areas. She has successfully led comprehensive fundraising and donor management strategies for organizations, and has a proven, successful track record in building, maintaining, and growing philanthropic relationships in the community. She has extensive experience working with Chicagoland’s most notable companies, private and family foundations, as well as city-state-federal grantors for funding.

Most recently, she was the Director of Development at The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence for over six years, prior to which she was the Tocqueville Donor Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago where she worked with donors gifting $10K and more annually and with prominent companies in her portfolio.

Earlier in her career, she was a public policy analyst, working within the areas of K-12 education and health insurance (Medicaid) for children with special needs. By chance, she came into the field of philanthropy after her return to work from a brief break in her career.

Paroma’s career trajectory has seen a steady growth in the diverse areas of fundraising and leadership roles. Her greatest strength lies in making donors and supporters feel valued and building their trust and commitment to invest in the mission of the organization. She looks forward to bringing her diverse skills and experience to successfully lead the philanthropic efforts at CARPLS and help scale newer heights and growth here.
We are hiring!
We are seeking several full-time or part-time staff attorneys to work on our legal aid hotline and other program projects. The staff attorney’s responsibilities include advising low- and moderate-income clients over our busy legal aid hotline. Some projects involve client consultations by video conferencing. 
Supervising Attorney Patricia Cintron-Bastin becomes President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association
From left: CARPLS Supervising Attorneys Kathleen Callahan, Patricia Cintron-Bastin and Melissa Wemstrom at the Puerto Rican Bar Association Board Installation Ceremony
Congratulations to Patricia Cintron-Bastin who was sworn in as the President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA)!

Patricia joined the PRBA in 2018 after being encouraged to join by their founding member, Patricia Rangel. Patricia Cintron-Bastin said she had “found my people.” Through the PRBA, she “formulated a second family who are loyal, trustworthy and dedicated.” Patricia had been Vice President of the PRBA since March of 2021.

Patricia’s concentration at CARPLS has been family law. Prior to becoming a staff attorney with CARPLS, she served as a child representative and guardian ad litem with the Office of Cook County Public Guardian.

Patricia was born and raised in Chicago and is of Puerto Rican descent. 
Success Stories
CARPLS helps client with unemployment issue
"The attorney at CARPLS was a good listener and provided me with the referral I needed for my unemployment denial. We are so fortunate that there is such an organization like this. I’m very appreciative of the excellent legal advice."
CARPLS assists client with debt problem
"The CARPLS attorney was a huge help and really gave me confidence that I could take control over a legal issue that was causing a lot of damage in my personal life. I’m extremely grateful for this resource."
CARPLS saves client from eviction
"The CARPLS attorney was so knowledgeable. It took him all of maybe 12 minutes to break everything down for me. And I was able to take a deep sigh of relief and breath normally again."