Legal Council Services
At Legal Council, our programs serve individuals and families facing barriers due to chronic, disabling, and stigmatizing health and social conditions. All of our work combines direct representation, education, and advocacy across the city, state, and nation.
Legal Council builds its services on three pillars:
We help clients with the following issues:
Child health | Confidentiality & testing | Debt collection | Discrimination | Education plans | Employment | Future planning | Health screenings | Immigration | Insurance | Lead poisoning | Public benefits
and much more. Get help now.
Education and Trainings
In addition to legal counsel and representation to clients in need, our multilingual staff offers free training, technical assistance, and educational programs to service providers, case managers, social workers, agency administrators, physicians, attorneys, educators, student groups, and members of the general public. Some of our most popular offerings are listed below.
If you would like to request a training or technical assistance for your group (in English or Spanish), contact our main office at 312-427-8990 or submit a request form. Our staff will be happy to work with you to develop a tools that best meet the needs and interests of your group.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs):
- Early Intervention: Learn how to help families access Early Intervention services and supports for children with developmental delays and disabilities from birth to age 3 and how to ensure effective transition at age 3 to early childhood special education programs.
- Immigrants and access to public benefits: Learn which categories of immigrants are eligible for various state and federal benefits, including health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
- Special Education: Review of special education law, including the basics about effectively representing a child at a school meeting and in an administrative proceeding.
- Developmental and Behavioral Health Screening: Better identification, evaluation, referral, and access to high quality evidence-based early childhood services and supports for children at risk of manifesting developmental disability and delays.
- Childhood Lead Poisoning: Neurocognitive effects and developmental outcomes of low level lead toxicity.
- Youth in Transition: Overview of legal issues affecting emerging adults, including adult guardianship, access to health insurance, special education laws, and SSI eligibility.
- Introduction/Advanced Medical-Legal Partnership: Learn to recognize and navigate resources to troubleshoot social determinants of health for low-income pediatric patients.