Alumna Receives $50,000 Public Interest Fellowship from Chicago Bar Foundation

Law school alumna Debby Knoblock Brown, JD ’07, is one of five attorneys receiving the 2013 Chicago Bar Foundation’s Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship. Brown will receive $50,000 in loan repayment assistance over five years to help her continue her career in legal aid.

The prestigious awards are given in recognition of contributions to public interest law, academic excellence in law school, and outstanding character and integrity. The fellowships are designed to ease the debt burden of law graduates who have chosen to pursue careers with public interest organizations.

Brown works at the East St. Louis, Illinois, office of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (LOLLAF), where she began her legal career. A senior staff attorney in LOLLAF’s Legal Help for Homeowners Project, she represents clients on a wide range of homeownership matters, including foreclosure, consumer fraud, predatory lending practices, and bankruptcy.

At LOLLAF, Brown made a difference during the foreclosure crisis by providing critical litigation services and loss mitigation work to help hundreds of homeowners save their homes. She also has been deeply involved in the planning and implementation of expanding LOLLAF’s foreclosure work through a grant from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Additionally, Brown has been involved in submitting public comments on proposed federal and state rules that would impact homeowners and assisting with the drafting of foreclosure mediation rules in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

Brown’s passion for public interest law and her undergraduate study of accounting and finance has benefited her homeownership work at LOLLAF. During college and for a year following graduation, she worked in the accounting field. While a student at Washington University School of Law, Brown was on the Washington University Law Review and was a member of the Public Interest Law Society, First-Year Orientation Steering Committee, and Women’s Law Caucus. She also participated in the law school’s Criminal Justice Clinic and worked at the Missouri State Public Defender Office and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri through two summer public interest internships.