"Empowerment is about enabling individuals to succeed, putting them in a position to succeed in their life, their personal life or their professional life."
- Matt Walch, Legal Aid Society Board Member


» “Miguel [Keberlein, LAS Executive Director] has done a great job of engaging the board in understanding better.” For Matt, experiences like a board site visit to the Domestic Violence Courthouse help illustrate the importance of LAS’s services. The visit brought to mind a past client: “I remember how helpless she felt,” he says. “I helped her and her children get into a safe secure situation, and she might not have otherwise been able to do that.”

»“It’s really important to have young lawyers supporting this organization.” A Commercial Litigation Partner at Latham & Watkins, Matt engaged his employer as a sponsor and host for a fundraiser for the Metropolitan & Legal Aid Associate Board (M-LAB).


» “The Help Desk is built to be serviced by volunteer attorneys.” As LAS works to expand its presence in the legal community, Dana shares that the Desk is an ideal fit for retired attorneys and corporate legal departments like Aon looking to engage their attorneys in pro bono service.

» “It’s a great feeling, to help ease people’s anxiety.” Volunteer Glen Kanwit says learning new areas of law and engaging with a community in need of help appealed to him, as did the opportunity to work with clients to learn how to handle their obstacles.


» “The initiative recognizes the need for a lot of different types of help.” This collaboration provides an opportunity for partners to learn from each other and further integrate legal, financial, and social services in support of clients. “We all have expertise, the different professionals at the table,” says LAS Staff Attorney Maureen McGinnis. “The project puts the people who can help in the room.”

» “It helped that we already had that relationship. Now, we have a more comprehensive plan of attack.” Maureen and LAS Staff Attorney Mark Alanson sit on the APS team’s Multidisciplinary Team, attending monthly meetings where staff educate each other. “There’s a natural flow of discussion and resources,” Osvaldo says.


As the Elder Justice Initiative collaborative strengthens, LAS and APS staff are expanding into the elder community, from Power of Attorney legal clinics at LAS’s Elder Help Desk to seminars for seniors at EJI partner banks, including Marquette Bank.




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