Welcomes Three New Members

(CHICAGO)…..The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF), the not-for-profit entity responsible for distributing and monitoring the state appropriation for civil legal aid for low-income families and individuals, announces its leadership team for fiscal year 2014.

At its Annual Meeting on June 26, 2013, the Board of Directors unanimously elected Daniel P. Broadhurst of Natoma Partners, LLC as President, Margaret A. Daley of Duff & Phelps as Vice President, Richard M. Levin of Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Treasurer and Joseph Torres of Winston & Strawn as Secretary.

The Board also elected three new members: Dorothy Capers of US Foods Inc., Kendric Cobb of Caterpillar Inc. and Keith Emmons of Meyer Capel. New members are eligible to serve two three-year terms.

These new members join the officers listed above as well as the following Board directors: Theodore Chung of Jones Day; Carolyn H. Clift of Health Care Service Corporation (retired); Ron Gould of DLA Piper; Dana I. Green of Walgreens (retired); the Honorable Karen Hasara, Mayor of Springfield (retired); Mary Ann Hynes of Dentons; the Honorable Patricia Reid Lindner, Illinois State Representative (retired); Joseph Q. McCoy of Bryan Cave LLP; Faustin A. Pipal, Jr. of Pipal & Berg LLP; Jennifer A. Shaw of The Shaw Law Group, P.C.; Lisa C. Snow of Davis & Hosfield LLC and Joseph A. Strubbe of Vedder Price.

Founding Trustees of the IEJF include: Christine M. Ory of the Law Offices of Christine M. Ory, PC; and Michael A. Pope of McDermott Will & Emery. Founding Trustees serve the IEJF in a non-voting capacity.

Three members retired at the Annual Meeting. A sad farewell was said to JP Kumar of Caterpillar Inc., Karen Ripley of MillerCoors and John C. Sciaccotta of Shefsky and Froelich.

State funding for civil legal aid is appropriated through the Illinois Equal Justice Act and housed in the Attorney General’s budget. The Act, approved by the General Assembly and signed into law in 1999, recognizes the State’s responsibility to ensure equal access to the legal system. It sets forth a wide range of innovative, cost-effective initiatives to help low-income people understand the legal system and resolve their routine legal problems more effectively. The Act also created the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation to distribute the State’s appropriation for civil legal aid to not-for-profit organizations throughout the state.

In December 2013, the IEJF awarded over $1.3 million in grants to 14 not-for-profit organizations to provide civil legal assistance to families and seniors in legal crisis. Since its inception, IEJF grant funds have increased access to the civil justice system for over 500,000 Illinoisans.

To learn more about the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, please visit www.iejf.org.

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