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Speaker Series: Malcolm Rich, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

  • When: April 4, 2018, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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Improving Lives by Improving Courts

Chicago Appleseed is a nonpartisan, independent research and advocacy organization building trustworthy and unique connections between legal organizations, community advocates,and the justice system. Chicago Appleseed protects the most vulnerable persons in the system by advancing a fair and effective court system – improving lives by improving courts.

As part of the Appleseed Network, a group of public interest justice organizations across the country, we work together to draw upon the expertise of Appleseed justice centers around the United States and in Mexico, thereby giving us the benefit of collaboration partners with proven track records of success.

Working within the Appleseed Network and with legal and community organizations in the Chicago area, we focus on four major areas:  criminal justice reform, child support and family law reform, access to justice, and immigration court reform.

To accomplish our goals, we have a staff of five and more than 70 pro bono lawyers, paralegals, management consultants, social scientists, and forensic accountants. Staff and pro bono counsel work to identify both the obvious and the hidden injustices – and to develop and advocate for practical solutions to help fix the system.

Courtesy of Chicago Appleseed

Malcolm C. Rich is the Executive Director of Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. He also serves as chairperson of Appleseed’s Executive Directors’ Council and is Vice President of the Appleseed Board of Directors. Mr. Rich is a 1979 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law where he was the recipient of a Northwestern University Center for Urban Affairs Research Fellowship.

Mr. Rich serves on the Advisory Board of the John Howard Association and is a volunteer and former member of the Board of Directors of Horizon Hospice. He is of counsel to the law firm of Whitted Cleary + Takiff LLC, where he specializes in special education and mental health law. Mr. Rich began his career as a Research Attorney with the American Judicature Society, and is the former Executive Director of the Foundation for Educational Research.

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