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Meet Our Award-Winning Attorney

July 24, 2019

On July 23, the Chicago Bar Foundation honored Legal Council’s program director Lisa Parsons with the most prestigious award given to Chicago public interest lawyers, the Thomas H. Morsch Award. “Lisa, every day and with every client, chips away at the notion that [those who are homeless and living with severe mental illness] can be…

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Staff Spotlight: S.T. Conner

July 23, 2019

Staff Spotlight is a blog series featuring a member of Legal Council’s expert and ever-growing team. Today’s Spotlight features S.T. Conner, a Behavioral Health MLP VISTA.  What brought you to Legal Council? I align with Legal Council’s mission to serve people facing barriers to accessing services due to illness or disability. As someone who has…

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More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have taken PrEP, but there are more than a million individuals at risk for HIV.

5 Ways the Administration Is Legalizing Discrimination

July 22, 2019

Proposed changes to federal healthcare law would make discrimination legal.

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Introducing Legal Council’s Interns, Part 2

July 10, 2019

Legal Council welcomes a new class of interns to the fight for health justice in Illinois.

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Introducing Legal Council’s Interns, Part 1

July 3, 2019

Introducing Legal Council’s Interns, Part 1 July 3, 2019   Every summer, Legal Council welcomes a group of law students and interns interested in advancing health justice in Illinois. Learn more about four of our spectacular interns below. Part two is available now.  Alexis Bailey How did you hear about Legal Council? The career service…

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Legal Council Attorney Honored with Prestigious Award

June 27, 2019

On July 23, Legal Council’s Program Director Lisa Parsons will receive the most prestigious award given to Chicago public interest lawyers. This award, the Thomas H. Morsch Award, is presented by the Chicago Bar Foundation to a long-time, exemplary legal aid and public interest law attorney for their public service accomplishments. Congratulations, Lisa! Thank you…

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Client Focus: Nicole

June 18, 2019

Nicole was struggling in school. She couldn’t identify two digit numbers and was having a hard time communicating. She already had an individualized education program (IEP), but Nicole and her family were unsure if she was receiving all of her services. Nicole and her parents only spoke Spanish, but no one at her school could…

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New Statewide Coalition Created to End Criminalization of People Living With HIV

June 11, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2019 CONTACT: illinois.haa@gmail.com New Statewide Coalition Created to End Criminalization of People Living With HIV Chicago, Ill.—The Illinois HIV Action Alliance is a new statewide coalition of legal, health, policy organizations, and other advocates – launched today in an organized effort to end HIV criminalization in Illinois. Currently, Illinois law criminalizes…

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Client Focus: Michael

June 5, 2019

When Michael lost his job, he also lost his health coverage. As someone living with depression and severe mental illnesses, quality, affordable health coverage was essential to his well-being. On top of the stress of handling his mental health without coverage, Michael was also in the middle of an effort to overcome his substance use…

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