Janneth Lanini, President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2014, where she was actively involved and served on the board for the Latino/a Law Student Association, Women’s Law Society, and was a member of the Federal Civil Rights Clinic. She attended Loyola University Chicago and graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. Before attending law school, Janneth worked as a legal assistant at several law firms in Chicago.
Janneth currently works as a Conflicts Attorney for Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she is responsible for clearing legal and business conflicts for all new clients, new matters and additional party submissions, while ensuring compliance with the firms’ best practices and procedures. Prior to joining Katten, Janneth worked for Acero Charter Schools where she managed Acero’s policy and procedure program to ensure legal compliance across the network of fifteen schools in the City of Chicago.
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities, and particularly Hispanic and Latino communities, across the Chicagoland area and the state of Illinois but also in the country as a whole. When the clients that we serve have limited access to the technology necessary to be adequately represented in the courts, the Hispanic and Latino attorneys that represent them are faced with additional challenges to ensure that their legal representation meets the needs of the problem at hand.
In addition, Hispanic and Latino attorneys are faced with navigating challenging family situations disproportionately affecting peoples of color including multigenerational households and, too often, being the sole or primary resources for their extended families.