Administer Justice is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2000. We provide free civil legal assistance to low income individuals and families while also strengthening the local community through our educational and outreach programs. In addition to free legal assistance, we also provide financial counseling and conflict coaching services. We utilize a variety of volunteers (both legal and non-legal), allowing us to further engage the local community and deliver our services in an efficient and impactful way. Services are offered: Monday through Thursday and one evening a month at our office in Elgin, Saturday mornings at rotating church locations in West Dundee, West Chicago, St. Charles, Aurora and Oakbrook, and every Tuesday in conjunction with our partnership with the Willow Creek Legal Aid Clinic in South Barrington. Weekly, we also help staff the Kane County Lawyer in the Library program, where people can meet for free with an attorney before or after their court proceeding.
Our clients come to us because they have a civil, legal matter for which they need guidance and possibly representation in court. Some are spouses needing to escape the abuse of their partner. Some are single parents unable to support their children because their spouse walked away from their responsibility. We see elderly clients who have been victims of fraud by contractors taking advantage of their vulnerability on home repairs. We see people who lost what little they had to predatory lenders charging up to 300% interest on loans that could never be repaid under those rates. We deal with landlord/tenant situations, contract disputes, custody enforcement, and many other civil issues for which our clients would have had no hope of resolving without the intercession of a legal advocate. Without our services, many would do nothing about their situation (which could ultimately take a relatively simple problem and turn it into a major and complex issue), or they would attempt to represent themselves in court with little chance of success in our complex system of laws.
We are viewed as a trusted source by leaders for our well-reasoned and balanced approach to the needs of our low-income, racially diverse neighbors. Administer Justice is a recipient of the John D. Robb award, a national recognition for our unique holistic approach to legal advocacy for the poor. The award is named after one of the founders of the Legal Services Corporation. In 2012, Administer Justice received the Elgin Image Award for our contributions to the local community and also received the Club Guadalupano Les Lempke Award which recognizes significant contributions to the local Hispanic community. In 2013, we were honored to receive WORLD Magazine’s National Hope Award for Effective Compassion, recognizing our impact on those trapped in poverty. In 2015 we were honored to receive the Elgin Hispanic Network’s Organization of the Year Award and were recognized by the Illinois Senate for our efforts in the fight against human trafficking.