A Sit-Down with IEJF Board President Joe Torres
Joe Torres, a partner in the labor, employment, and ERISA litigation practice at Winston & Strawn, joined the IEJF Board in 2006. During his tenure, Joe has served as Grant Chair, Governance/Nominating Chair, Secretary and Vice President. He began his first term as President in July. He and his wife, Lisa, are recent empty-nesters and live on the northside of Chicago.
You’re currently the longest serving member on the IEJF board and now the president. What have you enjoyed most about your board service? And what are your future goals for the organization?
I’ve enjoyed being part of seeing the Foundation’s mission fulfilled. The need for access to legal services is acute, and the fact the Foundation can be part of trying to address that need is extremely gratifying. In terms of the future, I am excited about exploring new ways in which we can expand the resources the Foundation offers to the amazing legal aid organizations on the front lines.
What do you feel is the strongest message for legal aid funding?
You cannot expect individuals to trust and value the legal system if it remains unavailable to those without the resources to meaningfully access that system.
Since we’re headed into the colder weather months, what’s the last TV show you couldn’t stop watching? Or what book could you not put down?
I’ve been traveling so much for work this year so I’ve not had a chance to tackle any shows or books. I enjoy history and am hoping to compile some picks for the cold months ahead.
As a proud Chicagoan, what would get you more excited – another Cubs World Series victory or a Bears Superbowl win?
Either would be fine with me, but I’m currently hoping we get another one out of the Blackhawks.