Our First Line of Defense!
KEYNOTE: Ben Silver, a community lawyer from Citizen Advocacy Center, joined our Wheeling High School students to explain the free services offered to students, parents, teachers, and community members.
The Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) is an award-winning, non-profit, non-partisan free community legal organization. Founded in 1994, CAC’s mission is to build democracy for the 21st Century by strengthening the citizenry’s capacities, resources, and institutions for self-governance.
CAC operates through the use of community lawyers who protect the public’s assets and promote meaningful participation in the democratic process. CAC engages in a holistic approach to building democracy through community organizing, coalition building, legal advocacy, civic education, and litigation to make government more accountable, accessible, and transparent.
CAC seeks to increase democratic protocols at every level of government and develop the voice of the public. Efforts that start at the local level often result in statewide initiatives to address anti-democratic barriers rooted in state law.
CAC is located in downtown Elmhurst, Illinois and is open for the public to:
- Obtain free civic resource materials
- Ask questions of our community lawyers on matters of public concern
- Engage in civic discussion, learn about local issues
- Attend training workshops
- Develop skills for participating in civic affairs
CAC relies heavily on volunteers to help them accomplish their mission. They are always looking for volunteers to help at the office with research projects, administrative tasks, newsletter production, event planning and coordination, and so much more.
Every year, the Citizen Advocacy Center takes on interns from law school, college, and high school to investigate citizen reports of apparent illegal, democratic public policies and obstacles to civic participation. An internship with the Citizen Advocacy Center is an excellent way to learn about how government really works and to develop an array of skills that are useful to good citizenship and to the practice of law including:
- How to research and make sense of state statutes and local codes
- How to document facts
- How to make government and the law work for citizens
- How to make requests for government information
- How to conduct interviews
- How to coordinate press and publicly release information
Citizen Advocacy Center
182 N. York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Phone: (630) 833-4080
Fax: (630) 833-4083