Setting the Record Straight

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Don't Mess with This Guardian Angel

Sebastien Angel, Schiff Hardin LLP

Disabled from two massive strokes, Patricia relies on her Section 8 voucher to keep her family safely housed. Last year, police pressured her landlord to evict her because they thought she was harboring criminals. The landlord complied, despite having no evidence of any crime. Then, because an eviction violates Section 8 rules, the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) moved to terminate her voucher. Although she did her best to defend herself at the HACC hearing, the Hearing Officer ruled against her.

Patricia filed a pro se petition for judicial review and, luckily for her, was sent to CVLS through the Chancery Court Access to Justice Program. Even more luckily for her, Schiff Hardin attorney Sebastien Angel took her case.

Realizing that the eviction had been illegal, Sebastien got the landlord to agree to a court order vacating the order of possession, which he forwarded to the HACC. They refused, however, to reinstate Patricia’s voucher. So, Sebastien pressed on, submitting an excellent legal brief to the Chancery Court. Taking judicial notice of the court order vacating the eviction, the judge reversed the HACC’s decision, and ordered it to pay Patricia’s new landlord the benefits it had withheld. Sebastien’s zealous advocacy set the record straight and saved Patricia and her family from homelessness. Well done, Sebastien!