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3rd Annual May (DISCO) Ball

Event Chair Philip Tortorich and our hostess Dr. Nabeela Rasheed extend a cordial invitation for you to attend the Legal Council for Health Justice’s 3nd Annual May Ball! Dr. Rasheed will welcome us at her stunning turn-of-the-century, HGTV-featured residence in the West Loop. SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 – 8PM to MIDNIGHT Join us for a spectacular evening of celebration, champagne, cocktails, delectable fare, and dancing…all in support of the Legal Council’s work providing free, expert legal care the most vulnerable among us. This year’s theme is May DISCO Ball, so it’s time to bust out the fancy dress or tux. Remember to dress to impress! On behalf of the clients in need whom Legal Council serves each day, we look forward to celebrating with you on May 6. Thank you to our generous sponsors! (in formation) PLATINUM Kirkland &...

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Moving 2017

Legal Council for Health Justice has moved its office as of Feb. 3, 2017. Please find us in our new home at: 17 N. State Street, Suite 900 Chicago, IL...

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We Will Fight

Dear friend, Our supporters make all the difference in the lives of the Council’s clients. We value our clients, and we value you. This letter is more than an appeal, it’s a call to action! For all our progress over the years—and there is no way to sugar coat this—we are suddenly entering into a dark, uncertain time that will have a negative impact on our clients, as well as millions of Illinoisans.    So right now I’m asking for your support—donate, volunteer, speak up—in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. Your support allows the Council to help those who are often least able to help themselves. Because of you, a record number of individuals this past year received free, expert legal help from the Council. Our work has led to major successes, including significantly expanding access...

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Justin’s 25 for 25

June 1, 2016 Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues: In my first week at AIDS Legal Council, almost exactly 25 years ago, I took two calls back to back.  First, a successful LaSalle Street banker told me that after his landlord found out he had HIV, the locks on his apartment were changed, his possessions thrown in the alley, his car tires slashed.  Reeling from that conversation, I took a second call.  A man needed a simple will to ensure his meager possessions would go to his niece, the only family member who still spoke to him after he was diagnosed with HIV.  This second case seemed comparatively easy, until he handed the phone to his nurse – it turned out the man was hospitalized – who explained in hushed tones that her patient wouldn’t last the night. Within minutes...

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New name, same heart

Historically, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago has been the only agency in Illinois devoted exclusively to serving the legal needs of men, women, and children with HIV. Council staff and volunteers serve clients and community through individual advice and representation; training and outreach to clients and service providers; individual and impact litigation; and administrative and legislative advocacy. Recently we expanded our mission to to also stand up for individuals living with mental illness and experiencing homelessness, and to advocate for children with disabilities and chronic health conditions. In that time we’ve also expanded our work serving low-income people with HIV. We’ve started new free legal clinics all over the city and successfully fought policies that discriminate against people with HIV.  To reflect these changes, we are changing our name from AIDS Legal Council of Chicago to Legal Council for Health Justice. We’ve got a lot...

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Agency Expansion

Historically, AIDS Legal Council has been the only agency in Illinois devoted exclusively to serving the legal needs of men, women, and children with HIV. Council staff and volunteers serve clients and community through individual advice and representation; training and outreach to clients, case managers and service providers; individual and impact litigation; and administrative and legislative advocacy. Now, we are expanding our mission to serve two additional populations: persons who are homeless and disabled (SSI Homeless Outreach Project); and children with disabilities and chronic health conditions and their families (Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children). The Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children is an established, research-based intervention that joins medical care, social support services, and expert legal assistance to improve care, promote better health and lower costs. Each year, our program connects hundreds of underserved and at-risk children and families in Chicago to...

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