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Causes: Crime & Law, Crime & Legal-Related, Dispute Resolution & Mediation, Financial Counseling, Human Services, Legal Services

Mission: To administer justice through comprehensive legal, financial, conflict resolution and educational services to empower the powerless, give hope to the hopeless and show God's mercy and compassion to all in need.

Results: In 2012 we assisted 6,560 individuals, reaching another 16,000+ through our outreach programs. Our averge client is a single Mom with 2 dependents making less than $16,000 a year.

Target demographics: Low-income individuals with civil legal matters and IRS tax issues.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000-7,000

Geographic areas served: Northwest suburbs of Chicagoland

Programs: Administer Justice provides free legal assistance, financial counseling and conflict resolution services to low income individuals and families. We also assist with tax controversy through our Low Income Tax Clinic. We help all who come regardless of race, age, religion or any other status.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

jo-ann-armenta

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These are dedicated people who really care about helping those who need legal advice.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most folks have tough times in their lives. I was no different, except along the way, I got some help and some opportunities. Administer Justice helps people having a tough time and gives them options, encouragement, moral and legal support to get through those tough times. If more of us were willing to give just a little of our time to help others, just think of all the good that could be done in this world. Three or four hours a month could make a big difference in someone's life.

Monica33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I work in Marketing and Social Media, I see how fashionable it has become for my generation to have pet causes on their Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn pages. But few of these causes have the long term positive impact and measurable transformative experiences that Administer Justice has on their client's lives. Administer Justice's care and thought into each individual goes beyond legal boundaries, or how best to help them. It addresses God's mission to care for one another, give assistance to those who cannot help themselves and brings us all closer in the process. Administer Justice transforms you into a better volunteer, a more impactful donor, a more thankful person, and a keeper of God's mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping others and doing the Lord's work. What could be better?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer attorney, I found Administer Justice a great organization. Not only do they have the typical business hours, but they also provide great services to the surrounding community through frequent Saturday morning clinics. With my busy weekday schedule, this provided a great opportunity to help give back to an under-served population that also suffers from time conflicts. Furthermore, Administer Justice improves its volunteers by providing significant training services so they can give the best service possible. Because of this training, I felt empowered to take on several pro bono clients through Administer Justice who needed an additional hand with the court system.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 3 years as a volunteer bookkeeper for this God-inspired organization, I have witnessed a real heart for serving people without hope. People have been rescued from dire situations in which where they had no place to turn. They have been prayed with and heard the beautiful gospel message of Jesus Christ. Since my initial involvement, I have seen God multiply the territory and efforts of this faithful group of individuals who sacrifice much!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Administer Justice cares! Cares for each person as if they were family. They go out of their way to help each person they see and if they can't they go beyond to find an alternative source of help. In my time with AJ as a volunteer, I often leave feeling uplifted myself just by working with them and the clients. Each day is a new day that I look forward to working with them. Everyone there is always willing to listen to the needs and concerns of the client, counsel and even pray with them. There is no other place like Administer Justice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an attorney volunteer, I have seen the deep need of clients who come to Administer Justice who have no where else to turn. Administer Justice provides genuine hope and real assistance to many people who have been shut out of the legal system because they lack the resources to access the system. I have seen clients rescued from dire legal and financial consequences because Administer Justice stepped in. Beyond legal assistance the organization also provides various forms of counseling and training. As a donor, I appreciate the accountability and oversight of the gifts that come in.

Victoria25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Administer Justice has two of my life-directing scriptures within it's main goal, namely Zechariah 7:9 "...administer true justice; show mercy..." and Micah 6:8 "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (NIV). I have had the privilege to serve and pray with many clients when they needed the mercy of the Lord most. I thank God for placing Administer Justice in a place of so much need with few resources. Praise God for His provision through Administer Justice!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Administer Justice since its inception and watched it grow beyond its founder's wildest expectations. As a lawyer, I am impressed with its leadership, staff, volunteers, scope of service and events. i know of no other organizaton that is having a greater impact in the Chicagoland area in the ministries of Christian legal aid and concilation and consumer, tax and other legal counseling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Administer Justice is in a place that is too often forgotten when meeting the needs of the under-resourced. We think of food, clothing and housing but too many times these people need guidance through a legal morass that is certain to beat them down. Administer Justice steps into that void to provide assistance and hope for those that so desperately need a voice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For Years this ministry has been a help to the poor and a shelter from the heat in a multitude of ways.. I encourage anyone to read the new book thatis coming out in June, GOSPEL JUSTICE

Mathew P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Administer Justice protects the legal rights of those, who lack the ability or the money to defend themselves. Administer Justice does its best to help those in trouble.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Overall, I had an outstanding experience interning with Administer Justice. The attorneys are genuinely devoted to using their expertise and experience in such legal fields as family law, tax controversy, landlord-tenant law, consumer rights law, foreclosures, and expungements/clemencies (to name only a few!) in order to serve the communities around Elgin, Illinois. The organization maintains a compressive panel of hundreds of attorneys that are able to work with clients on a pro bono or low bono basis as well. As a law student intern, I was exposed to all of the areas of law practiced by Administer Justice and able to see how different attorneys manage clients and deal with complex legal issues from differing points of view. My responsibilities included assisting with client intakes (starting on day 1), researching and drafting legal memoranda as questions arose, writing engagement letters to clients, communicating with the IRS and Taxpayer Advocate Service, assisting with motions and other court documents for self-representing clients, and preparing legal and informational brochures for clients. All of my work was completed under direct attorney supervision, and all of the attorneys were able to evaluate and provide honest feedback of my work. Feedback is freely provided! Administer Justice attorneys are natural mentors. They would often re-cap the day's legal issues and ask me for my reaction to a client's legal concerns. I truly felt a part of the Administer Justice team rather than just a short-term summer intern. I believe that I am returning to law school having had a significantly better internship than my law school peers. I would strongly recommend Administer Justice as an excellent organization to volunteer and develop your skills and gifts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intake specialist, I take phone calls and meet clients in person in the office. I have been pleasantly surprised at the satisfaction of the clients. One client, Theresa, initially came in the office frustrated and frazzled, but after meeting with the attorney she expressed to me how pleased she was that the attorney really listened to her and understood her situation. She was impressed with the creative ideas the attorney had and planned to complete, as quickly as possible, the things the attorney instructed her to do for her case. I see clients every day who come in to the office for their first appointment, afraid, frustrated and exasperated, but when they leave, they are smiling and thanking me for the great job Administer Justice has just done for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Administer Justice is a wonderful non-profit providing comprehensive legal, financial and conflict resolution services to low income individuals. They seek to empower the powerless, give hope to the hopeless and show mercy and compassion to individuals who are often marginalized in Kane and McHenry counties of Illinois. Administer Justice offers free educational seminars, financial and dispute resolution counseling and legal representation when appropriate. Clients meet with real attorneys who are carefully matched to best address the client's situation. Administer Justice is supported by donations and by the work of many volunteers, like me, who want to make a difference using the skills I already have. Incredibly, a recent audit showed that .99 of every dollar donated to Administer Justice goes directly to meeting client needs. You can be sure your support is very much appreciated. Clients can expect to meet with ethical, highly skilled and compassionate people who want to help you find a solution to the problems you face.