Commercial Finance associate Erica Yang was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on her work to address the legal challenges faced by Chicago's Asian-American community during the COVID-19 pandemic by launching the Lawyers Helping Our Community (LHOC) clinic.
Erica and Eric Zhi, an associate at Kirkland and Ellis, co-founded the legal clinic in partnership with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. LHOC opened in June and operates online. A group of attorneys and law students, who gain mentorship and practical experience through the clinic, assist small business owners struggling financially and individuals with legal issues due to the pandemic, including unemployment, refinancing debt, real estate issues and more. The clinic also helps immigrants and visitors to the United States who are struggling with travel or documentation issues.
"We've had several visitors from China come to us for help, because they were here short term and got stuck when the travel restrictions were put in place. We worked with them to help extend their visas and try to find ways for them to get home," Erica said.
The clinic has also hosted business education programs to educate members of the community on issues like state regulations for having service animals in shops and restaurants for business owners and how to draft contracts. The clinic has also worked with Chinatown's community leaders to create vouchers and coupons that encourage residents to invest in the businesses in their community.
Read, "Two Big Law associates team up to help Asian-American community," in its entirety.