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Shriver Center Attorney Named Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow for 2015

Shriver Center Attorney Named Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow for 2015 Program Challenges Emerging Leaders to Bring About Positive Change in the Community

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312.368.2675, mnicolet@povertylaw.org

Leadership Greater Chicago has named Shriver Center attorney Todd Lawrence Belcore a 2015 Fellow. Each year, approximately 35 of the city’s most promising young individuals are selected for the program. Criteria include a demonstrated capacity for leadership, a likelihood of achieving positions of substantial responsibility in their chosen careers, and a record of civic activity in the greater Chicago area.

As a Fellow, Belcore will participate in an intensive 10-month program studying complex urban issues and meeting with the decision-makers who are working to solve them. Each month, Fellows focus on one challenge impacting the region and, through participation in a series of retreats, seminars, and community visits, come face-to-face with people directly affected. Past focus areas have included education, race and ethnic relations, health care, and crime and violence.

The program’s goal is to foster a lifelong commitment to civic engagement among Fellows, who represent business, civic, nonprofit and government sectors. Leadership Greater Chicago’s first Fellows class was nominated in 1984, and the program to date counts more than 900 alumni, including First Lady Michelle Obama; U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan; Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama; and President of the Chicago Board of Education David Vitale. 

As the Shriver Center’s Lead Attorney, Community Justice, Belcore works to ensure that individuals with criminal records are not unjustly denied employment or occupational licenses. Among his many accomplishments, in 2014 Belcore successfully led advocacy efforts to pass HB 5701, The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, which makes Illinois only the third state to “ban the box” inquiring about past criminal convictions from private employment applications. Belcore was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011 and Young Lawyer of the Year for Cook County by the Illinois State Bar Association in 2013. Belcore is also co-founder of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, which uses film to educate and inspire people to create social change.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org

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