Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar
Class of 2015
Hanna Kaufman enrolled at Chicago-Kent with a passion for exploring new ways of meaningfully expanding access to justice. With this in mind, she has advocated for immigrant children's rights, fought discrimination in schools, and sought benefits on behalf of people experiencing homelessness. She trained as a Mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution because of her desire to help amplify otherwise silenced voices in the legal system, and she has since mediated small claims, landlord-tenant, and custody and visitation disputes among unrepresented litigants in court.
Hanna has also designed online guided interviews to help people without lawyers in both California and Kansas to fill out legal forms and advocate for themselves in family law matters, experiences she was invited to speak at the White House about while she was still a student.
While in law school, Hanna was awarded a Public Interest Law Initiative scholarship to intern at the Chicago Legal Clinic's Immigration Program. She later received the Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award for completing more than 250 hours of volunteer services and was inducted into the Bar and Gavel Society for outstanding service to the law school, the community, and the legal profession. She graduated magna cum laude with a Certificate in Public Interest Law and was selected for membership to Chicago-Kent's chapter of the Order of the Coif. She also holds a B.A. in Sociology from Brown University and a M.Ed. in Teaching English from Lesley University.
Hanna currently serves as Counsel for Innovation & Technology at the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, the IOLTA program for the state. In her role, she partners with legal aid organizations on projects that use new technologies and service delivery models to help serve more clients more effectively.