Mary Ann Smith
Longtime volunteer Mary Ann Smith was recognized by Chicago Lawyer for the 30 years she’s spent running a CVLS neighborhood legal clinic, first in Englewood, now in the South Loop. In 1988 the Catholic Archdiocese paired parishes in more affluent neighborhoods, with less affluent parishes in neighboring community to share resources. Mary Ann’s church, St. Thomas the Apostle in Hyde Park, was paired with St. Basil Visitation Church in Englewood. Mary Ann, a member of St. Thomas, worked with CVLS to set up a community legal clinic. The clinic recently moved to Old St. Mary’s Church in the South Loop. The clinic has grown for more than 30 years and now includes 24 attorneys and 6 intake workers who handle adoptions, guardianships, wills, divorces, bankruptcies, housing disputes, consumer complaints and debt-collection defenses for neighborhood residents.
Mary Ann’s talent, energy, drive and leadership have been key components that led to the clinic’s growth and success. Great work, Mary Ann!