Center for Disability & Elder Law (Chicago, IL)

Name

  • Name:Thomas Wendt
  • Title:Legal Director/Pro Bono Coodinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Address:79 W. Monroe
    Suite 919
    Chicago, IL 60603
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:312-376-1880
  • Main fax:312-376-1885

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Center for Disability & Elder Law, Inc. (CDEL) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) legal service organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Cook County, Illinois. CDEL began operating in 1984, and has been serving this clientele for nearly (30) years. CDEL’s underlying purpose is to close the profound gap that exists in the furnishing of legal services by providing access to the legal justice system to persons marginalized by poverty, age, and disability who face significant legal issues which impact their daily lives.

    CDEL serves a dual mission:
    (1) To provide quality pro bono legal services to low-income seniors and people with disabilities; and
    (2) To foster the culture of pro bono service throughout the Chicago and Cook County legal communities.

  • Overview:
  • CDEL’s service model consists of an in-house staff of five full time permanent attorneys, including two full time attorneys (one supported by an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Americorps VISTA and a third supported by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Civil Legal Aid Mortgage Foreclosure Project) and one full time paralegal/administrative assistant. In addition, oversight of CDEL is administered by an engaged Board of Directors, comprised of attorneys from many of Chicago’s most prominent law firms and corporations, as well as other professionals. The Board of Directors oversees CDEL in setting its mission, assisting with fundraising, development and implementing its strategic plan. The Board of Directors is augmented by a Young Professionals Board, which consists of younger attorneys and professionals, as a succession program for eventual positions on the Board of Directors. CDEL’s current Board President, Matthew Jenkins of Corboy & Demetrio, previously served as a Young Professionals Board President.

    CDEL utilizes a volunteer-based legal service model. The vast majority of the actual client assistance and representation is provided by CDEL’s network of volunteer attorneys, law students and paralegals. In 2012, CDEL provided direct legal services to 2,134 individuals, with over 84% of the assistance provided by volunteers. CDEL had over 300 active volunteers donate a total of almost 12,000 hours of pro bono services to CDEL and its clients in 2012. CDEL currently has over 1,000 volunteers in its database, including attorneys who have assisted CDEL in the past, current and former Board of Director members and current volunteers.

    CDEL provides assistance in the following areas of law: basic estate planning (drafting advance directives and simple wills), guardianship of the person, housing and landlord/tenant law, collection defense, consumer law and dissolution of marriage. In addition to the one-on-one representation through CDEL’s office, CDEL also provides assistance through four specific programs:

    1) Pro Se Adult Guardianship Help Desk (see below)
    2) Senior Center Power of Attorney Initiative (a community-based workshop assisting low income seniors with Powers of Attorney and other advance directives.
    3) Senior Legal Assistance Clinics (weekly CDEL “satellite” offices located in high need Chicago and Suburban Cook County senior centers)
    4) Senior Tax Opportunity Project “STOP” ( workshops to provide assistance to seniors with lowering their real estate tax burden and helping to preserve home ownership)

  • History:
  • CDEL was founded in 1982 by the Chicago Bar Association., CDEL began operations in 1984 and is entering into its thirtieth year in operations. CDEL was founded in response to the concern that people with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing the legal system. These barriers are compounded for people with low incomes. Seniors face nearly identical barriers. According to a recent publication by the US Census Bureau, the number of persons in the United States age 65 or older has surpassed 40 million, increasing in the last decade by over 15% . It has long been established that seniors and persons with disabilities are among the poorest, least employed, least mobile and least visible members of our society. These persons encounter financial, physical, communication and attitudinal barriers which restrict and, often, preclude meaningful access to the legal system. Compounding this problem is the fact that, due to economic and other factors, there are fewer resources available to assist this growing population with their legal matters.

    CDEL utilizes a volunteer-based legal service model. The vast majority of the actual client assistance and representation is provided by CDEL’s network of volunteer attorneys, law students and paralegals. In 2012, CDEL provided direct legal services to 2,134 individuals, with over 84% of the assistance provided by volunteers. CDEL had over 300 active volunteers donate a total of almost 12,000 hours of pro bono services to CDEL and its clients in 2012. CDEL currently has over 1,000 volunteers in its database, including attorneys who have assisted CDEL in the past, current and former Board of Director members and current volunteers.

  • Year established:1984
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:6

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:36-3203809

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:363203809
  • Organization Name:CENTER FOR DISABILITY AND ELDER LAW INC
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:205 W RANDOLPH ST STE 1610
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60606-1892
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1982
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):998
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Unspecified
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
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  • Asset Amount:$254,008
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$385,712
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$370,874
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:36:14 pm

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