Edward I. Grossman co-founded the Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. with Most Rev. Thomas J. Paprocki, a local parish priest and lawyer, in 1981 to address the legal needs of area workers who lost their jobs due to the reduction of steel mill operations in South Chicago. They sought to establish legal services which were accessible, affordable and bilingual. Ed has been the Executive Director since 1985.
One could imagine that a person who has held the same position for over 25 years might get stale and rest on his laurels. These include the 1991 Public Servant of the Year Award from the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce, the 1997 DePaul College of Law Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Public Interest Law, the 2005 MALDEF Legal Services Person of the Year Award in addition to the 1999 Morsch Award. But Ed continues to think of new and innovative ways to provide legal representation in areas of law essential to individual well-being, emphasizing housing, consumer, family, public benefits, immigration, debtor and employment law. Under Ed’s leadership over the past 25 years, the Clinic has grown from a small storefront office with a single attorney into a legal services provider for the entire Chicago area. Since its founding, the Clinic has served more than 130,000 clients. In addition to its South Chicago Office, the Clinic currently maintains offices in Pilsen, Austin and the Loop. The Clinic also operates advice desks for the Chancery Division and the Expedited Child Support and Paternity Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and partners with the CBF and CARPLS on the Municipal Advice Desk in the Daley Center.
Perhaps Ed is able to maintain his productive and positive personality because he maintains his hobbies such as jogging, poker and arm wrestling. We’ll never know but we do know that he has proved to be a very worthy recipient of the second Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award from The Chicago Bar Foundation.