Adela Carlin (’00) Recipient of The Chicago Bar Foundation’s Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Illinois Law alum, Adela Carlin (’00), was selected as one of five recipients of The Chicago Bar Foundation’s Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship. Adela will receive $50,000 in loan repayment assistance over five years to help her continue her career in legal aid. Adela, director of Legal Assistance Foundation’s Community Engagement Unit, impacts the lives of thousands through community engagement and outreach efforts in the Chicago area. 

Adela Carlin received her B.A. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also received her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.  Following graduation, she joined LAF.  During her first ten years there, Carlin worked as a staff attorney and later as a senior attorney advocating for victims of domestic violence.  In 2011, she was named the Director of LAF’s innovative Community Engagement Unit (CEU).  The CEU, which was built upon a model Carlin had employed in her casework, is charged with mobilizing outreach and working with community organizations throughout LAF’s service area to ensure that the organization is accessible to people in need across Cook County.  Carlin has been instrumental in establishing and sustaining relationships with leading community-based organizations, government offices and courts; developing and providing presentations and trainings; and coordinating community legal clinics that provide education and advice to empower individuals and strengthen communities.  Under Carlin’s leadership, the CEU has enlisted hundreds of community partners in the cause of equal access to justice and touched the lives of thousands of people living in poverty.