Illinois Legal Aid Online announces the appointment of its third Executive Director

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) Board of Directors and staff
welcomed their new Executive Director, Elizabeth Evans, to the
organization on January 14, 2019. Elizabeth is a seasoned and savvy
nonprofit executive and an experienced lawyer. Elizabeth served in the
Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission for eight years, was a staff attorney in the United States
Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and worked as a policy analyst in
Washington, D.C., before attending law school.

ILAO is an award-winning nonprofit that uses technology to lower
barriers to the law so that people can understand their legal options,
make informed decisions, and represent themselves in court when they
cannot afford a lawyer. “ILAO is going to undertake significant
growth based on advances in machine learning, AI, and other technology,”
said Paul Seeman, Board Chairperson. “We will seize the opportunity to
lead another transformation in access to justice and extend the capacity
of legal services. We’re delighted to have Elizabeth lead our drive
toward increasing access to justice for low and moderate income people
and families.”

Elizabeth has successfully launched numerous social enterprises and led
innumerable policy campaigns on topics that make our country better,
fairer, and more just. She previously served as the Executive Director
of Bluestem Communications, The VIVA Project (a teacher leadership
network working on K-12 education policy), and the Illinois Network of
Charter Schools. She established and ran the government relations and
nonprofit resource center for the IFF and worked at the Child Welfare
League of America in Washington, D.C.

“I am delighted to join the team and entirely impressed with the
groundbreaking work ILAO has done to expand legal services’ capacity. I
am anxious to join our colleagues in helping improve outcomes and access
to the civil justice system,” said Ms. Evans.

About Illinois Legal Aid Online: Since 2001, ILAO has improved the
lives of millions of people by connecting them to the resources they
need to resolve their legal problems. ILAO puts the law within reach for
all Illinois residents, regardless of their location, income, and
education, by simplifying our complex legal system and connecting people
to legal information and assistance on ILAO’s innovative statewide


Elizabeth Evans, Executive Director
Illinois Legal Aid Online

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