Lisa M. Lilly began her volunteer legal work in 1999 when she served a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) fellowship sponsored by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons US LLP) with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. She assisted the Coalition in many matters, including alleged employment discrimination against, and police harassment of, homeless individuals.
While an attorney at Sonnenschein, Ms. Lilly continued working with the Coalition, providing legal representation in class actions to enforce the rights of homeless students, including pregnant and parenting teens, to attend Chicago public schools. Her other pro bono work included handling civil rights matters on behalf of mentally-ill prisoners and representing a disabled child in an administrative law hearing to obtain Social Security disability benefits.
In the years since she formed Lisa M. Lilly LLC, Ms. Lilly has helped numerous individuals who were injured by, or lost loved ones due to, intoxicated drivers. Matters handled include review of available insurance coverage, aid in finding a personal injury attorney, and assistance in accessing other resources, including grief counseling and court advocacy services available through the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM).
Lisa M. Lilly is a past officer of AAIM. She also speaks on AAIM Victim Impact Panels to first-time DUI offenders regarding the effect the loss of her parents to a drunk driver had on her life. AAIM’s purpose is to prevent deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated motorists in Illinois and to help victims and their families.
Ms. Lilly also is a former officer of Blue Sky Inn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering homeless youth in the Chicago area through creative expression and job training.
For years, Ms. Lilly presented monthly Constitutional Rights Foundation programs for students at the Pershing School in Chicago, Illinois. She also created and taught a biweekly after-school student-writing program at Pershing and participated in mock trial programs for students at the Roswell B. Mason grade school.