The Illinois State Bar Association published, “Spotlight on Pro Bono: NIU College of Law COVID-19 Legal Response Clinic – Changing How We Help Clients so Nobody is Left Behind” authored by NIU Law Clinical Professor Colleen Boraca. The article highlights the efforts of the NIU Law COVID-19 Legal Response Clinic that was launched on May 18, 2020 in response to the pandemic. The Clinic has been filling the need for clients experiencing legal problems in the state of Illinois as a result of COVID-19.
Professor Boraca joined the NIU College of Law’s clinical faculty in 2014 and directs NIU’s Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, IL. The clinic is an interdisciplinary partnership between NIU College of Law, Hesed House and Aunt Martha’s Health Center. She also co-directs the NIU Law COVID-19 Legal Response Clinic. Prior to joining the NIU College of Law, Professor Boraca was a supervising attorney at the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. She also served as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney for seven years in both the Child Support Enforcement Division and the Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Unit. She is a former chair of the Chicago Bar Association Mental Health and Disability Law Committee. Professor Boraca co-chairs the Kane County Bar Association Elder Care, Disability and Mental Health Committee as well as MLP Illinois, a task force consisting of representatives from medical-legal partnerships throughout Illinois.