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Behind the Scenes: Lawyers Helping Our Community

CABA member Eric Zhi, an associate in the real estate group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Erica Yang, an associate in the commercial finance group at Katten Muchin & Rosenman LLP, have teamed up to launch a new, free legal clinic –Lawyers Helping Our Community. This legal clinic, in conjunction with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, provides assistance to the Chinese American and broader Asian American communities. Clients include individuals with personal legal issues and small business owners who have suffered financially due to the pandemic.

“We’re both very civic-minded and wanted to come up with a way to help the community and law students,” Zhi said. “The Asian community has faced very unique challenges during this pandemic. We saw the need to help but we had no idea how to start up a legal clinic, so we contacted CVLS. We had both worked with them before in Chinatown, and so we explained our vision and they were very supportive.”

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