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Bonnie Allen became executive director of Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in December 2015. Prior to joining Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Bonnie was the principal of Choose-Change, a consulting practice focused on strategic planning, fundraising, and leadership development. Her clients included the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Legal Council for Health Justice, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and the Florida Bar Foundation. Previously, Bonnie served as development director at the Mississippi Center for Justice, executive director of the Center for Law and Renewal at the Fetzer Institute, co-director of the Project for the Future of Equal Justice at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono.
A graduate of Rhodes College and the University of Florida College of Law, Bonnie started her legal career as an appellate court law clerk in Florida and practiced civil litigation in Tampa. Bonnie left private practice in 1993 to follow her passion – formed out of her experiences growing up in the segregated South – to pursue a career in social justice law. Bonnie taught ethics and professional responsibility at the University of Maryland School of Law, and has published numerous journal articles on the topics of community lawyering, leadership, and ethics. Bonnie also holds a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and she serves on the board of the Center for Courage and Renewal.
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