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Teri Ross

Illinois Legal Aid Online
Interim Executive Director
Chicago, IL
As Interim Executive Director at Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO), Teri leads a team of 16 people who are experts in content strategy, software development, document automation, community engagement, volunteer management, fundraising and finance. She fosters strategic partnerships with local and national leaders and groups, pursues innovations, and leads development of new and transformed products and services. Under her leadership, ILAO transformed the award-winning IllinoisLegalAid.org into a responsively designed website in 2016. The free site is available in English and Spanish and offers information and forms in 30+ areas of civil law. Logging more than 2.5 million visits in 2018, IllinoisLegalAid.org is recognized as the best resource of its kind in the nation. Teri has presented at over 20 conferences and workshops including the Legal Services Corporation Access to Justice Forum, LSC's Innovations in Technology Conference, the ABA / NLADA Equal Justice Conference, the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTEN), NLADA Annual Conference, and the Edward V. Sparer Symposium at University of Pennsylvania Law School. A graduate of DePaul University College of Law & Northwestern University, Teri was awarded the Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Fellowship Award in 2009 from the Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation. She has the unfortunate distinction of being the sole nonredhead in her family.