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Sarah Staudt

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Sarah Staudt

Sarah Staudt

Name of Host Organization: Lawndale Christian Legal Center
City, State: Chicago, Illinois
Issue area: Criminal Law
Sponsors: Discover, Inc., Mayer Brown LLP

The Project

Sarah is providing individualized, holistic legal advocacy to juveniles in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago and creating the first resource center for Chicago pro bono attorneys who wish to practice in juvenile court.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
North Lawndale is a neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago where more than 1,500 youths are arrested annually. The majority of youth in all of Illinois who are incarcerated for drug offenses come from North Lawndale. Additionally, more than 70 percent of North Lawndale’s youth live in poverty, and fewer than 40 percent graduate high school. These juveniles need more than legal representation. They need comprehensive services beyond the courtroom, including mentoring, job training, and social work sensitive to their developmental needs. Lawndale Christian Legal Center provides holistic representation, integrating legal and social services to walk with juveniles every step of the way as they move through, and ultimately away from, the criminal justice system.