Pro Bono Program & Clinic

Special Projects

Human Trafficking Project

Since 2015, the Human Trafficking Project has focused on assisting survivors of prostitution, while also raising awareness in the community regarding domestic human trafficking and its relationship to prostitution. The Clinic assists survivors of prostitution obtain justice by filing petitions to vacate convictions under the Illinois Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act. Also, the Clinic assists survivors in clearing their criminal records by seeking expungement, sealing, and executive clemency on their behalf. The Clinic has worked closely with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to compile research on the effect of law enforcement’s efforts, both locally and nationally, to reduce the demand for prostitution and end human trafficking.

Download Our Consequences of Buying Sex Brochure

Juvenile Expungement Services

The Pro Bono Program & Clinic has partnered with West Care Foundation in the Chicago Face Forward Initiative, which is designed to break the cycle of poverty, crime, and unemployment that plagues Chicago’s inner city. West Care provides social services to individuals who are court involved. The role of the Pro Bono Program & Clinic is to provide juvenile expungement services to clients of West Care. A juvenile record can follow youth into their adult years and be a significant barrier to employment, housing, and other opportunities for success. John Marshall students review clients for eligibility and then help the individual complete the expungement process by obtaining and filling out the necessary documents. Students who have a 711 license can appear in court under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The Chicago Face Forward Initiative is a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Download Our Juvenile Expungement Services Brochure

Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

The Pro Bono Program & Clinic provides direct legal representation in foreclosure cases for clients who are residents of Cook County. In addition, clients may receive legal advice for a diverse range of foreclosure-related issues. Law students and designated supervising attorney(s) provide the collaborative with quality legal representation and offer advice to homeowners who are facing foreclosure and in need of legal assistance.

Transgender Name & Gender Marker Change Services

The Pro Bono Program & Clinic launched the Name and Gender Marker Change Project in 2016. Students assist transgender individuals who are faced with the task of changing their names and identification documents. Students assist with the preparation of necessary court documents and appear in court on behalf of individuals at hearings.

Download Our Name & Gender Marker Change Services Brochure

Download Our Name & Gender Marker Change Checklist

Learn more about the Transgender Name & Gender Marker Change Project on WGN

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