Martin Cozzola

Martin
Cozzola
Staff Attorney, Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN)
Education: 
The University of Michigan (B.A. Political Science; Communication Studies, 2011)
Indiana University Maurer School of Law (J.D., 2015)

Marty first came to CVLS as a PILI Intern with the Access to Justice Program during the summer of 2014. Prior to law school, Marty served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity, where he saw firsthand how transformative homeownership can be to a family. At the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Marty was Senior Managing Editor of the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality, a Kenneth and Louise Yahne Fellow, a student intern at the IU Nonprofit Legal Clinic, and an advisor to first year students. Marty graduated in May 2015 with honors and was recognized by the Maurer faculty for his dedication to public service with the Terry and Judy Albright Public Interest Award. Marty began working as a Staff Attorney in the Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program immediately after taking the bar exam. He is currently the primary Staff Attorney managing CVLS’ portion of the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network, a statewide program designed to provide free legal advice and representation to low-income veterans, active duty military, and their dependents.

Marty is also heavily involved in the greater legal aid community. He is a member of the Countywide Tenants’ Advocates, the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, and the Legal Aid Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He also serves on the organizing committee for the Chicago chapter of IU Maurer’s Young Alumni Association, the Young Professionals Board of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity, PILI’s Alumni Network Leadership Council, and the Executive Committee of First 10 Public Interest Network. Most recently, he was elected to serve a two-year term as the community representative for the Local School Council at Frederick Funston Elementary School. In his free time, Marty enjoys exploring Chicago on his 1978 Peugeot AO-8, attempting to brew tolerable beer, and travelling.