About Us & Contact Information


The Law Project provides free, expert legal assistance to support community development efforts led by entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations that generally do not have the resources to pay for legal services.

While legal advice is needed for real estate transactions, for securing tax exemption, starting a new business, entering into contracts, and managing personnel issues, most organizations in low-income neighborhoods cannot afford the high cost of these services.  The Law Project fills this gap by linking lawyers from Chicago’s major law firms and in-house corporate legal departments to organizations and entrepreneurs working to build stable communities.  Our goal is to ensure that TLP clients receive high quality professional representation.



Launched in 1985, The Law Project (formerly The Community Economic Development Law Project) is a project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., a prominent  civil rights organization.

TLP was founded in response to a burgeoning community-based development movement that required access to sophisticated transactional legal representation. The CLCCRUL’s law firm membership provided access to many of Chicago’s attorneys.  Additional support from the Chicago Bar Association further broadened outreach to the legal community.

TLP has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and first time home buyers.  Each year, over four million dollars in free legal services is contributed by Chicago’s legal community to organizations and entrepreneurs working in low-income communities.

Contact Us
The Law Project
100 N. LaSalle St., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60602
312-939-3638 (phone)
312-630-1127 (fax)


Jody R. Adler, J.D.
TLP Director
312-939-3638 ext. 227

Angie R. Hall, J.D.
Staff Attorney – Small Business & Homeownership Programs
312-939-3638 ext. 228

Erica L. Spangler Raz, J.D.
Staff Attorney – Nonprofit Support Program
312-939-3638 ext. 225

Allegra Cira Fischer, J.D.
Staff Attorney – Community Benefits
312-939-3638 ext. 226

Angela L. Dear
Office Administrator
312-939-3638 ext. 224


Advisory Board

Chris Brown

Danielle Meltzer Cassel
Vedder Price P.C.

Ebba Gebisa
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Lam Nguyen Ho
Community Activism Law Alliance

Nicole A. Jackson
Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen P.C.

Michelle Kilkenney
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Guacolda Reyes
The Resurrection Project

Curtis Roeschley
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bethel New Life

Robert Tucker
Chicago Community Loan Fund

Kari B. Sheinfeld
JPMorgan Chase Legal Dept.

Mark Simon
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Laura Tilly
Miner Barnhill & Galland, P.C.

Katrina Van Valkenburgh
Corporation for Supportive Housing

Diana C. White
Legal Assistance Foundation