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Jody Adler

​​Jody is an attorney who specializes in the law of exempt organizations and working with community-based nonprofit organizations. She was the director of the Community Law Project (CLP) with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights for over 23 years and retired in September of 2019.  CLP helps to build, strengthen, and support community-based organizations that are focused on economic development in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods and that offer the delivery of social services to residents of these areas.  

Jody created CLP’s Equitable Community Development Project, giving free legal advice and consulting with nonprofits seeking a voice in community development. She was instrumental in creating a seminar series for start-up nonprofit organizations and the development of publications addressing topics of concern to nonprofit groups. Jody established and coordinated a small business legal clinic that occurs monthly in North Lawndale and developed a monthly Employer Hotline for nonprofits and small businesses to obtain free legal advice on employment issues. She is a frequent speaker on issues of nonprofit board service and exempt organization concerns and taught at Oakton Community College and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Jody is a former Harvard University Wasserstein Fellow. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Community Loan Fund, is a member of the advisory committee to the Mission Sustainability Initiative at Forefront and served as Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s appointee as co-chair of the Illinois Charitable Trust Stabilization Committee.  

Jody received her law degree from DePaul University, College of Law and an undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa.