I am privileged to serve in the role of Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society (LAS), an amazing organization with a storied history. Welcome to our first newsletter, where we'll share updates on LAS activities, new initiatives, current happenings, and opportunities to get involved. Since 1886, we have stood at the forefront of the legal aid community. We believe "justice for all" is truly a founding principle of our legal system. As part of Metropolitan Family Services, we are uniquely qualified to leverage our multitude of legal, social, and human services to ensure "justice" is a reality for our clients and communities.
As we enter LAS's 100th year as a part of Metropolitan Family Services, we'll be looking back and sharing many of our accomplishments (view our 125th anniversary video here), and building upon them to be more engaged and responsive to community needs, both in terms of our programming and our visual look and feel. You may have seen our new logo and refreshed web presence; if not, take a look here.
LAS' practice groups - Health, Housing, and Economic Stability; Safety and Family; and Individual Rights and Social Justice – are each expanding in size and introducing several new initiatives. We look forward to sharing much more with you in the coming months.
For over 130 years, LAS has fought on behalf of those who are most in need in our communities. With your committed support of our work, the Legal Aid Society will continue to empower the lives of many individuals and families who simply have no other legal options.
Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
Meet Kyle Harvey, Legal Aid Society Board Chair
"What makes the Legal Aid Society stand out from other great Chicago-area pro bono organizations is LAS's relationship with Metropolitan Family Services and the wrap-around services that Metropolitan provides to its clients. So often, legal problems are the tip of the iceberg in someone's life, and the LAS/Metropolitan team together transform their clients' lives for the better."
READ AN INTERVIEW WITH KYLE HERE