Practical Tips for Advocacy
Keeping Track of Agency Rule Making Activities.
Reading the Illinois Register and Federal Register
Obtaining copies of other's comments.
Drafting effective comments
Colleen A. Connolly is a Staff Attorney with LAF's Children and Families Practice Group. LAF is a federally funded non-profit law firm that provides free legal services for low income individuals and senior citizens in Cook County. Ms. Connolly provides direct representation and advocacy to individuals involved in the child welfare system. In addition to court representation, Ms. Connolly provides legal advocacy in administrative proceedings involving access to child welfare services and educational services. In addition to her work representing individual clients, Ms. Connolly, as the Chair of LAF's Senior Task Force, and as a member of the Children and Families Practice Group, engages in community outreach, education, and advocacy on behalf of LAF's clients.
Lisa D. Ekman has more than a decade of experience advocating at the federal level to improve the services and supports available to people with disabilities. Lisa has focused her work on Social Security, employment policy for people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act, health care, and long-term services and supports for people with disabilities but vigorously advocates in any policy area in which she sees a need. Lisa currently serves as Director of Federal Policy for Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) focusing on health care, long-term services and supports, Social Security, and employment policy. She represents HDA to Members of Congress, the Administration, and leads HDA's administrative law, policy analysis, and advocacy efforts. Lisa earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Georgetown University, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver, and completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University. She currently resides in Washington D.C. with her dogs J.D. and Zoe.