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March 2011 Volunteer of the Month: Jonathan Schaan

3.17.2011
Congratulations to Jonathan Schaan, CLC’s March 2011 volunteer of the month. Jonathan began volunteering at the CLC office back in October of 2010. Jonathan is a recent graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as the production editor for the Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights, and was on Executive Board of the International Law Society.

Lily’s Story

I lived with my dad until I was five. He loved me a lot but couldn’t take care of me. He was out of work because he had an injury. Sometimes he bought beer and drugs instead of food. The heater in our house was broken…

Darius & Harvey’s STORY

Darius and Harvey are brothers who were removed from their mother’s care after she was arrested for illegal drug use. The boys were eight and nine years old. While in care, the boys were separated and sent to different placements. Darius and Harvey were lucky enough to be placed in the home of relatives, Harvey with his father and Darius with an aunt. However, family friction between the father and aunt strained regular communication between the brothers. CLC was appointed to represent Darius to advocate for him and his impending adoption by the aunt.

February 2011 Volunteer Of the Month: Joe Cassioppi

2.10.11
Joseph Cassioppi, of Fredrikson & Byron is CLC’s February Volunteer of the Month. Joe has gone above and beyond for a client that needed help to avoid outcomes that could have impacted his future for many years. Because he had Joe as his attorney, his client faces a brighter and healthier future.

Isabelle’s Story: As Told by Her Volunteer Attorney

Her sobbing plea haunted me: “Get me out of here!” Isabelle was just barely 12 years old and loved her school. She played the violin in the orchestra and was doing very well in her classes but she was also a cutter. “Cutting” is a form of self-harm without suicidal intent. Following a cutting incident, Isabelle was expelled from her group home and placed in a juvenile detention center…

January 2011 Volunteers of the Month: Nancy Coyle Strahan & Kathleen Berdan

1.18.2011
Nancy Coyle Strahan and Kathleen Berdan attended CLC’s training session in June 2000. As new attorneys they were not familiar with the child protection system and laws and both stated that they were a little intimidated about representing foster care children. Nancy and Kathleen were the first volunteers to co-represent CLC clients and have co-represented several very difficult cases. They have spent an estimated 3,000 hours on their clients since 2000.

December 2010 Volunteer of the Month-Michelle Huntley Dill

12.6.2010
This month, CLC would like to honor Michelle Huntley Dill from UnitedHealth Group (UHG) as CLC’s Volunteer of the Month. This winter Michelle was able to work with Staples for a donation of 325 travel bags for CLC’s foster clients.

Jasmine’s Story

12.6.2010
Jasmine came to the United States as a refugee from Africa. Much about her early life is unknown but she was a young child when she arrived. For many years she was living an unstable and uncertain life in a new country with an older cousin who was verbally and physically abusive. As a young teen…

November 2010 Volunteer of the Month- Michelle Enright

11.12.2010
CLC has benefited over the years from hundreds of volunteers, many of whom have found unique ways to use their talents to help CLC and the children it represents. CLC’s Volunteer of the Month for November has contributed in an extraordinary way that not only is of huge help to CLC, but has the potential to help other children and organizations. We are pleased to recognize attorney Michelle Enright as the CLC Volunteer of the Month.

Evan’s Story

11.12.2010
Evan has been through more in his short life than most of us will endure in a lifetime. Born into a country on the brink of civil war, many details of Evan’s life are unclear or unknown. He was born in the Cote d’Ivoire, Africa, to parents that fled the