The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) awarded CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowships to two DePaul law alumnae in 2013. The fellowships provide loan repayment assistance up to $50,000 per fellowship to outstanding recent law school graduates who have chosen to pursue careers in legal aid or public interest law at a CBF-funded organization or at a qualifying legal organization serving other parts of Illinois. The 2013 DePaul recipients are Kenya Garrett-Burnett and Erica Spangler Raz.Kenya Garrett-Burnett (JD ’04) has worked for LAF since 2009, and is currently LAF’s Public Benefits Practice Group, where she focuses on representing low-income people with HIV who are seeking public assistance such as Social Security benefits, Medicaid and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits (food stamps). Erica Spangler Raz (JD ’06) is a staff attorney and coordinator of The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s signature Nonprofit Legal Assessment Program. Her work primarily involves providing services to Chicago-based community organizations, neighborhood development projects, and social service agencies to help them build internal capacity in regulatory compliance, fiscal oversight, and personnel and corporate governance.
The CBF created the Chicago Bar Foundation Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship Program through a generous $2 million cy pres award from a case involving the Chicago Sun-Times. First awarded in 2007, the CBF awards five annual fellowships to individual legal aid or public interest law attorneys.