We are pleased that Cook County Jail has implemented vastly improved practices for pregnant women in custody. We hope that pregnant women in Illinois prisons and downstate jails will soon have the same protection.
On Sunday, May 20, members of CLAIM's Visible Voices group gathered at the Michael Barlow Center to take part in the Marguerite Casey Foundation's Equal Voice online convention. Family members who support change in sentencing and the criminal legal system joined us. Members of the Visible Voices Leadership Council who attended the national convening at Chicago's Navy Pier in 2008 provided perspective on progress the movement has made.
We enjoyed Lou Malnati's pizza and the opportunity to get to know newcomers before moving to the computer lab. We are grateful to Bob Dougherty and Matthew Wiley of St. Leonard's ministries for their generous hosting.
Zenaida Alonzo joined claim in August of 2007. Clients could always count on her calm voice and knowledge of the law. Volunteers also appreciated her guidance.
At our recent Jazz Benefit, CLAIM’s Board President, Drea Hall, led the program as we honored the some of people who have made CLAIM’s work possible in the past year.
CLAIM is offering two training sessions for volunteers this June. On June 4 at 10:00 a.m. we will present our comprehensive five-hour training for Family Law Clinic volunteers. The session teaches skills for interviewing and maintaining confidentiality in the jail setting, as well as short-term and court-ordered guardianship, custody, divorce, visitation, foster care and termination of parental rights. On June 8 at 5:30 p.m. we will present a session on representing clients in contested minor guardianship cases, with a focus on discharge of guardians. Both sessions will provide MCLE credits.