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Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

Chicago, United States
Joined January 2018

Providing Free Legal Assistance for People Living in Poverty in Chicago & Suburban Cook County

Presence in: United States

The American legal system is complex for anyone. But for someone who is living in poverty and unable to hire an attorney, our legal system is downright intimidating. For more than 50 years LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with free professional legal services.  LAF makes equal justice a reality, impacting the lives of more than 30,000 of the most vulnerable members of our community each year.

LAF’s full-time attorneys and staff give their clients individualized attention. Their work results in such successes as an order of protection from an abusive spouse, prevention of an unfair eviction, or justice for a victim of consumer fraud. LAF’s work starts by making the legal system accessible to our clients and concludes with a resolution that changes their lives and gets them back on track.

Learn more about LAF and its staffthe services we offerour volunteer opportunities, and how your support and donations will make a difference. And keep up with LAF’s latest events and news by signing up for our supporters’ newsletter.  LAF’s Board meetings are also open to the public

People Associated With This Organization

Kulsum Ameji

United States  
Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
Joined October 2012
Kulsum currently serves as a senior attorney in the Community Engagement Unit at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She is an honors graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Kulsum has extensive experience providing legal information, advice, representation, and outreach to diverse populations including minorities, immigrants and refugees from over 70 countries, low-income workers, and communities experiencing health disparities. She has expertise in community legal education, deliberately incorporating creative pedagogical strategies and popular education frameworks. She is also the founder of the Economic Justice Work Group which connects legal service organizations to economic empowerment, anti-poverty, social service, academic, and advocacy entities. In addition, she created a Mapping Justice project, to integrate GIS mapping, data analysis, and other emergent technologies into legal services work. She is also the Founder and Director of Project Prospera, an interdisciplinary social innovation collaboration combining law, art, technology, and design. She is a co-founder of the ReEntry CoLab linking law and technology to address deeply entrenched social issues. Kulsum serves on the Board of Directors for Global Gardens Farm, an urban agriculture project serving refugees. She is also an adjunct profess or at Northwestern University teaching courses in Legal Culture and Process, Current Issues in Law, and Social Justice.
Kulsum Ameji is the network champion (main point of contact) for Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.

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