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2018 Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture

Juan Carlos Linares

Juan Carlos Linares, MBA, J.D., LL.M.

Executive Director of LUCHA
Chair of the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Northeastern Illinois University's El Centro Campus Advisory Council
Lecturer of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.  

"Housing as a Human Right"

Tuesday, October 30, 5:00 p.m.

Lesar Law Building, Auditorium

Reception immediately following lecture in the Formal Lounge

See the invitation here

Watch Linares Lesar Lecture here

Juan Carlos Linares builds community and advances housing as a human right.  He is the Executive Director of LUCHA, a Chicago-based affordable housing development agency which offers housing counseling, foreclosure prevention and legal assistance to over 8,000 clients annually in the Midwest.  Started as an organizing body of Puerto Ricans and other low-income families fighting displacement from their neighborhoods, LUCHA owns and operates 198 affordable housing units in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, Logan Square and West Town neighborhoods.  LUCHA also recently built the first multi-family “Passive House” building in Illinois and completed a first-of-its-kind Health Action Plan for its Tierra Linda housing development along Chicago’s 606 Trail. 

Juan Carlos currently serves as Chair of the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which has most recently published reports on the issues of Hate Crimes, Environmental Justice and Voting Rights in Illinois.  He has a mayoral appointment to the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Board, and serves on the Boards of Urban Theater Company and The Woodstock Institute.  He also serves on Northeastern Illinois University's El Centro Campus Advisory Council and is a Lecturer of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. 

Juan Carlos holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a JD from DePaul University and an LL.M. in International Business Law from The John Marshall Law School.  His BA in Sociology and Spanish is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  For his work, Juan Carlos has been awarded the Friends of the Parks Lakefront Protection Award and the “Top Lawyer under 40 National Award” from the Hispanic National Bar Association among other recognitions, and he has participated in Fellowships with the Aspen Institute, The Chicago Community Trust and Leadership Greater Chicago, among others. 

Juan Carlos’ parents immigrated from Peru (mother) and Guatemala (father) to achieve the American Dream in Chicago, and later settled in the west Cook County suburb of Bellwood where they raised their family.  As human rights attorneys, Juan Carlos and his wife Monica have visited social justice institutions in 38 countries, and along with their two children reside on Chicago’s south side.

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