Jared Milrad is the Founder and Executive Director of Civic Legal Corps (CLC). Jared has significant leadership experience in public interest law, advocacy, policy, politics, and social justice.
A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, Jared has been invited to discuss Civic Legal Corps at the White House, the Aspen Institute, and Harvard Law School. Under his leadership, Civic Legal Corps has received support from philanthropist Peter Buffett, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, (Ret.), and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. In 2013 and 2014, CLC was selected a semi-finalist for the prestigious Echoing Green Global Fellowship.
Jared is a graduate with highest honors of North Carolina State University, where he was a Caldwell Fellow, a recipient of the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Award of Excellence, and the May 2006 Student Commencement Speaker. Jared earned a masters degree from Tufts University, where he received the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service.
Raised by a single parent and educated in public schools in New York City and New Jersey, Jared has long believed in the ideals of public service and the power of one voice to make a difference. He is a frequent traveler, having lived in eight states and participated in community service projects on four continents. He currently lives in Chicago with his fiancé, Nate, and his rescue dog, Cooper.
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Lillian McCartin, Esq.
Lillian McCartin is a Chicago native who graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010 as a recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Since then, she has slowly built a solo practice focused on criminal defense representation. Lillian represents individuals both in adult and juvenile court against charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. Her clients are individuals from poor and working communities, and has included activists who have committed acts of civil disobedience or otherwise faced criminal charges resulting from their political actions. Lillian believes in Civic Legal Corps' mission to expand legal access to low and middle income families and she is so excited to be part of CLC’s Chicago team. She currently lives in Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago.
Emily Smith, Esq.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she received the School of Law Community Service Award and the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Certificate. Emily received her B.A. from the University of Colorado, with a major in both English and Philosophy with an emphasis in Values and Social Policy.
Prior to Law School, Emily worked in Costa Rica researching laws that would help the government extradite offenders of human trafficking an the child sex tourism industry. She was also Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women State Coordinator. During law school, Emily worked at the Women’s Law Project, focusing her work on the intersection of domestic violence and poverty. She also worked as a writer and editor for United Sikhs’ annual International Civil Rights report. After graduating from Law School, she worked as a pro bono attorney for American Gateways, representing victims of domestic violence in their visa claims.
Emily is new to Chicago and is excited to join the public interest law community here. She has enjoyed getting to know the city with her family, but is dreading the Chicago winter.
Our Board of Directors
We're fortunate to have a diverse and growing Board of Directors, which includes our Founder and Executive Director Jared Milrad. The Board serves as CLC's principal strategic and fiduciary body, overseeing all of the organization's internal and external duties and reinforcing its commitment to sustainably closing the justice gap for middle income families.
Chris Fletcher, Esq.
Chris is an independent consultant working in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Business and Human Rights space. He previously served as an Associate at Perseus Strategies LLC, a boutique law and consulting firm specializing in CSR, humanitarian law, and international human rights. Prior to that, while in law school, he developed his expertise in CSR and human rights in the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; as law clerk for The Honorable Margaret Hinkle (Ret.); in the Private Sector Department at Oxfam America; and in the Legal and Social Compliance Departments at Life is good, Inc. He has also worked for several international advocacy organizations and done stints at the Tibet Governance and Practice Forum, U.S. Department of State, and World Bank. Chris holds a B.A. in international studies from Macalester College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. He was also a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, which provided the opportunity to travel the world in order to photograph and document how the Tibetan Diaspora preserves its cultural heritage in the midst of adapting to new host nations.
Christine Wee, Esq.
A solo practitioner in the City of Chicago, Christine focuses her work on helping students and parents in disciplinary and special education cases in the Chicago Public Schools and surrounding suburbs. Christine serves as a pro bono attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Equip for Equality, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where she has represented children and parents in educational defense cases. Christine is also a pro bono attorney for Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) where she has represented clients seeking to clear their criminal records.
Christine was awarded the 2013 CGLA intake volunteer of the year based on her dedication and commitment to the agency. She is an experienced litigator who has worked as a public defender for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. Christine has served as a judicial law clerk to the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Motion Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was a judicial intern to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christine earned a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Sociology from Smith College where she was awarded the Kathleen Bostwick Boyden Prize for Community Service and the David Burres Memorial Law Prize for Public Interest Work.
Our Advisory Board
Emily Abraham, Director and Staff Attorney, Social Justice Collaborative
Essence Arzu, Partner, The Arzu Law Group LLC
Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
Lourdes German, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bond Index, Inc.
Stephen Golub, Special Advisor, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Margaret Hagan, Law & Design Fellow, Stanford Law School
Gautam Jagannath, Founding Director, Social Justice Collaborative
Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, Arcus Foundation
Kerry O’Brien, Director of Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives, Equal Justice Works
Kate Richardson, Staff Attorney / Pro Bono Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares
Joachim Steinberg, Associate, Perkins Coie
Jennifer Tsai, Access to Justice Advisor, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
J. Kim Wright, Publisher, Cutting Edge Law; Author, Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law