Equal Justice Works was awarded a grant from Attorney General Lisa Madigan of Illinois to place four Foreclosure Fellows throughout Illinois to assist distressed and at-risk homeowners and tenants.
Funding for this program came from a $25 billion foreclosure settlement with the nation’s five largest banks. Foreclosure Fellows were placed with one of four host sites——Chicago Legal Clinic, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, and the University of Illinois College of Law and Community Preservation Clinic.
The State of Illinois invested in foreclosure prevention solutions that will produce effective and sustainable practices for the future and serve as an innovative model for other states to replicate. Lawyers are instrumental in negotiating new financing terms, defending against predatory practices and holding the lenders to the process required under law. Success of the foreclosure settlement agreement depends on the assistance of lawyers who are committed to helping people keep their homes. Bringing in a network of talented lawyers to assist victims of the foreclosure crisis is critical to preventing mortgage abuses in the future. Equal Justice Works Foreclosure Fellows in Illinois will join this network and collaborate with one another to develop effective practices, share lessons learned and advance policy reforms that will help meet the goals of the foreclosure settlement agreement nationwide.
The Illinois Foreclosure Fellowships are three year fellowships. Fellows received training and mentorship in being legal service leaders through the annual Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training and the National Consumer Law Center Conference. At the Leadership Development Training, Illinois Foreclosure Fellows will train alongside more than 130 Equal Justice Works Fellows working on a variety of social change projects, including foreclosure prevention and consumer protection across the United States. Please note that this was a one-time grant for three-year fellowships. We are thrilled to be able to assist the State of Illinois in bringing top talent to the foreclosure crisis. However, we will most likely not be offering this fellowship in the future. For more information about other Equal Justice Works Fellowship programs, please visit our AmeriCorps Legal Fellows and Equal Justice Works Fellowships pages. For a listing of the 2012 Illinois Foreclosure Fellows' projects, visit our Fellow profiles.