Presented by Law Center for Better Housing

2023 LCBH Fall Benefit

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About This Event

Join Law Center for Better Housing on October 19th, 2023, for our Annual Fall Benefit, celebrating innovative housing advocates, policies, and programs giving renters greater access to justice.

This year, we will return to Buddy Guy’s Legends (700 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL) for great food, live music, and networking. During the program, we will recognize four individuals whose innovative ideas and spirit of collaboration improve the lives of Chicago’s renters.

Don’t wait to purchase your tickets! The early bird sale ends October 1st, 2023. Questions about sponsorships? Email Allen Hailey at ahailey@lcbh.org.

Meet our Award Winners: 

Samira -SLKSharon L. King Distinguished Alumni Award - Samira Nazem, a Principal Court Management Consultant at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC began her career in legal aid at LCBH in 2012 as a Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator. She also served as Associate Director of Programs & Advocacy at The Chicago Bar Foundation. Today, she oversees the Eviction Diversion Initiative at NCSC which supports state and local courts in designing, implementing, and evaluating eviction diversion programs. Samira is an enthusiastic connector passionate about improving the administration of justice in eviction court. 

Laurie - Pro BonoOutstanding Pro Bono Service Award - Laurie Mikva will receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Service award. A tireless advocate for justice, Laurie began her career working at the Maryland Public Defender’s Office, Land of Lincoln Legal, and Bluhm Legal Clinic before serving as a mentor and Director of the Tenant Advocacy Clinic at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Recently, Laurie helped her students collaborate with LCBH on eviction defense cases while learning about civil legal aid. 

 

Daniel - Justice innovatorJustice Innovation Award - Dan Linna, the Director of Law and Technology Initiatives at Northwestern University, will receive LCBH's first-ever Justice Innovation Award. Dan’s teaching and research focus on innovation and technology, including computational law, artificial intelligence, data analytics, leadership, operations, and innovation frameworks. Dan and his students are trailblazers in the field of AI. Their work has been vital to strengthening LCBH’s Chatbot, “Renny,” who has helped more than 30,000 renters better understand their rights, send repair letters to their landlords, and meet with volunteer attorneys since 2019. 

Bernard - Barbara GrauBarbara Grau Outstanding Housing Advocate Award - Bernard Kleina will receive the Barbara Grau Outstanding Housing Advocate Award. As one of the first in the world to photograph Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in color, Bernard uses his images to remind people of Dr. King’s life and vision. As Hope Fair Housing Center’s first executive director in 1970, Bernie was a disruptor, unafraid to fight for justice. More recently, Bernard served as an expert witness in a housing discrimination case, which helped the Fair Housing Center in Florida win the highest jury verdict in the state. Bernard said his goal is “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” through his art. 

About LCBH

The Law Center for Better Housing (LCBH) stands for renters' rights. We’re the only legal aid organization in Chicago focused exclusively on housing justice issues. In 2022, LCBH served 16,004 low- and moderate-income households, impacting 40,545 individuals through legal and supportive services while advocating for public policy initiatives to advance housing justice for all. 

 

About This Event

Join Law Center for Better Housing on October 19th, 2023, for our Annual Fall Benefit, celebrating innovative housing advocates, policies, and programs giving renters greater access to justice.

This year, we will return to Buddy Guy’s Legends (700 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL) for great food, live music, and networking. During the program, we will recognize four individuals whose innovative ideas and spirit of collaboration improve the lives of Chicago’s renters.

Don’t wait to purchase your tickets! The early bird sale ends October 1st, 2023. Questions about sponsorships? Email Allen Hailey at ahailey@lcbh.org.

Meet our Award Winners: 

Samira -SLKSharon L. King Distinguished Alumni Award - Samira Nazem, a Principal Court Management Consultant at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC began her career in legal aid at LCBH in 2012 as a Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator. She also served as Associate Director of Programs & Advocacy at The Chicago Bar Foundation. Today, she oversees the Eviction Diversion Initiative at NCSC which supports state and local courts in designing, implementing, and evaluating eviction diversion programs. Samira is an enthusiastic connector passionate about improving the administration of justice in eviction court. 

Laurie - Pro BonoOutstanding Pro Bono Service Award - Laurie Mikva will receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Service award. A tireless advocate for justice, Laurie began her career working at the Maryland Public Defender’s Office, Land of Lincoln Legal, and Bluhm Legal Clinic before serving as a mentor and Director of the Tenant Advocacy Clinic at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Recently, Laurie helped her students collaborate with LCBH on eviction defense cases while learning about civil legal aid. 

 

Daniel - Justice innovatorJustice Innovation Award - Dan Linna, the Director of Law and Technology Initiatives at Northwestern University, will receive LCBH's first-ever Justice Innovation Award. Dan’s teaching and research focus on innovation and technology, including computational law, artificial intelligence, data analytics, leadership, operations, and innovation frameworks. Dan and his students are trailblazers in the field of AI. Their work has been vital to strengthening LCBH’s Chatbot, “Renny,” who has helped more than 30,000 renters better understand their rights, send repair letters to their landlords, and meet with volunteer attorneys since 2019. 

Bernard - Barbara GrauBarbara Grau Outstanding Housing Advocate Award - Bernard Kleina will receive the Barbara Grau Outstanding Housing Advocate Award. As one of the first in the world to photograph Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in color, Bernard uses his images to remind people of Dr. King’s life and vision. As Hope Fair Housing Center’s first executive director in 1970, Bernie was a disruptor, unafraid to fight for justice. More recently, Bernard served as an expert witness in a housing discrimination case, which helped the Fair Housing Center in Florida win the highest jury verdict in the state. Bernard said his goal is “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” through his art. 

About LCBH

The Law Center for Better Housing (LCBH) stands for renters' rights. We’re the only legal aid organization in Chicago focused exclusively on housing justice issues. In 2022, LCBH served 16,004 low- and moderate-income households, impacting 40,545 individuals through legal and supportive services while advocating for public policy initiatives to advance housing justice for all. 

 

Getting There

Buddy Guy's Legends
700 S. Wabash
Chicago, 60605
United States

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