CCH trains public interest law students on legal protections for homeless people


Patricia Nix-Hodes
Patricia Nix-Hodes

Three Law Project attorneys – Patricia Nix-Hodes, Beth Cunningham, and Graham Bowman – presented at a June 19 panel entitled “Legal Protections for Chicago’s Homeless” at DePaul University’s College of Law.

This panel is part of a summer series for law students and recent law graduates taking part in the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). Speaking to a group of 50, Patricia, Beth, and Graham discussed CCH’s work to enact the Illinois Homeless Bill of Rights in 2o13, including the bill’s legal significance in protecting people from discrimination.

In addition, they showed the trailer for a new documentary, The Homestretch, which chronicles the lives of three homeless youth in Chicago. Already showing at film festivals across the U.S., the documentary will be screened to the Chicago public at the Siskel Film Center in September.

– Ashley Varnado, Law intern