Julie Brennan, Program Director
Julie Harcum Brennan joined Legal Council in February 2019 working with our children and family partnerships. After graduating from Loyola University of Chicago in 2003 with a dual degree in law and social work (JD/MSW), she worked for a plaintiff-side employment law firm in Chicago where she litigated wage, Family and Medical Leave Act, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination claims in federal court. Julie began her legal aid career in 2004, when she started at LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation), the largest provider of civil legal aid in Cook County. There, Julie advocated for hundreds of clients facing barriers to justice due to race, disability, age, and poverty, including cases involving discrimination, eviction, consumer protection, public benefits, employment, divorce, order of protection, child custody and guardianships, abuse and neglect, and HIV confidentiality. For example, Julie helped one Section 8 Project-Based building change their racially discriminatory policy of evicting tenants based only on an arrest record. She obtained judgment and an injunction on behalf of a couple living with HIV and their children to stop their neighbor from harassing them in violation of the Illinois Hate Crimes Act, AIDS Confidentiality Act, and federal Fair Housing Act. Julie filed a federal court complaint resulting in a consent decree against a housing authority for violating due process rights in the Housing Choice Voucher program. Before leaving LAF, Julie co-supervised a team of advocates for nursing homes residents in suburban Cook County. She is very excited to partner with Legal Council to secure dignity and opportunity for our clients.