LCBH Volunteer Newsletter
December 2009
in this issue
:: Volunteer of the Month
:: Volunteer News and Notes
:: Training News
:: Annual Appeal

It is hard to believe that 2009 has already drawn to a close.  It was a hectic year for us at LCBH.  We faced a difficult economic climate with already limited resources, but we focused on our strengths and our mission and continued helping tenants in need throughout Chicago.  We were able to do this because of your support. 


As a volunteer and friend of LCBH, you help us through your donations of time, talent and resources.  Our small staff has faced many changes and challenges this year, making your assistance more important than ever.  Though we hope that 2010 holds better things for our country, our clients and our organization, hope alone cannot sustain us and we will continue to need your dedication to pro bono and to LCBH. 


Through the generosity of our volunteers, fellows and interns, literally thousands of hours of work were donated to LCBH in 2009.  We ask that in 2010 and beyond, you continue this valiant effort.  And please know that we are always open to ideas and suggestions for how to improve and keep you coming back to LCBH as a volunteer.

Volunteer of the Month
Brian Thomas

Brian is well-known at LCBH for a number of reasons.  For one, he has been volunteering with us for a number of years.  Also, he was recognized in 2008 as our Volunteer of the Year.  To add to all of that - we just really like him!  He is a great person and a fantastic help to tenants and to LCBH. 

This month, he handled two start-to-finish eviction cases concurrently.  And he went out of his way to make sure the tenants were getting the appropriate help they needed both within and beyond the courtroom.  We appreciate his fantastic and dedicated assistance, and thank him for his endless energy and good humor!

Volunteer News and Notes
A few reminders and updates

-  If you have not volunteered in a while, and need a refresher, let us know.  You are welcome to attend another training session, or set up a day to shadow.  No matter how long you have been away from LCBH, we will be happy to have you back!

-  Let us know if you would like a standing AOD schedule.  Many volunteers prefer this, and we are happy to help set up something that works for you.

-  With the help of a new Policy Intern, we are beginning to monitor eviction court proceedings at the Daley Center.  We hope that our AOD volunteers will take part in this process - it will enable you to donate hours on quiet court call days, and provide you and LCBH with a more complete picture of how all parties are treated, whether pro se or represented by counsel.
Training News
Two sessions in January

We have scheduled two training sessions for January 2010.  The first session, though geared towards our new spring interns, is open to attorneys as well, space permitting.  It is scheduled for January 20th at LCBH.  We are planning to begin around 9:30 a.m.

Paul Hastings LLP has graciously offered to host the second January session.  The training will be at their offices, located on the 30th floor of 191 N. Wacker Drive, on January 25th and is open to outside attorneys.  We are planning to begin at 10 o'clock a.m.

The training sessions will last approximately one and a half to two hours and will provide an overview of LCBH, our volunteer opportunities, and landlord-tenant law.  Please feel free to notify colleagues who may be interested, though we do ask that those who wish to attend R.S.V.P. to
Annual Appeal
A Huge Success!

We want to thank all of you who donated to LCBH's Annual Appeal.  Thanks to the dedicated efforts of staff, our board and our volunteers and friends, we surpassed our goal!  A special thanks goes to our friends at Brinks Hofer for their very generous gift!

Thanks for another year of supporting low-income tenants in Chicago through your dedication to LCBH.  We truly could not do it without you.  Best wishes for the New Year!
Caitlin Ewing
Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Coordinator