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Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

News from the Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) of Metropolitan Family Services was one of the first organizations in the nation to provide legal services for the poor. Since 1886 it has been a pioneer in providing "justice for all," regardless of ability to pay.


Hello Friend,

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.

Thank you,

Miguel Keberlein
Executive Director
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."


Cristy Carranza reads the Human Trafficking PSA


Illinois is a point of origin, transit and destination for many human trafficking victims. It's also a point of safety. For Human Trafficking Awareness Month, several of LAS's own recorded PSAs to spread the word about human trafficking and how to find help.

Watch the PSA in:
ENGLISH (courtesy of Executive Assistant Cristy Carranza)
SPANISH (courtesy of Intake Specialist Maria Loya)

Did you know LAS volunteers donated 8,080 hours of legal services in 2018? Pro Bono Coordinator Dana Harbaugh works to manage LAS volunteers and expand opportunities to engage attorneys and law students in expanding their own abilities while offering critical support to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it. 

What inspired you to pursue this work, and what keeps you doing it?
"I wanted to become a lawyer to help people. As an immigrant myself, I wanted to become a lawyer to assist others in trying to make their dreams of staying in this country a reality. I am fortunate that I can take a client's victimization and turn it into a positive by obtaining legal status for them based on the crime."
- Rosa Ortiz de Gasca, Staff Attorney, Individual Rights & Social Justice Practice Group

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One North Dearborn, Suite 1000  | Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-986-4000 | info@metrofamily.org

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