Northside Transformative Law Center

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P: (312) 219-6544 F: (312) 754-9262

About Us

Northside TLC Professional Services

Community Defense

Victim Rights Advocacy 

DCFS Advocacy

Reentry Planning 



 Northside Transformative Law Center is a space where community members, families, and professionals come together to advocate and accompany individuals who are navigating the criminal justice system. We also provide a safe space for healing and restoration for incarcerated and reentering citizens and their families.  

You will find our space filled with art, words, and other objects of significance. We hope to facilitate an awareness that at every point in an individual’s journey both physical and spiritual they are leaving something behind. 

in the news...

 “ As a community defense lawyer, I don't have to imagine this world because I see the impact of money bond on families' lives every day. People who can’t afford to pay their bonds are punished, while in theory presumed innocent, and their poverty makes it more likely they will be convicted. With the help of CCBF, people who can’t afford to pay their bonds are given the same opportunity the wealthy have to take their cases to trial. They can keep working and supporting their families while their case is pending, and they get better outcomes. That leads to safer and stronger communities that benefit us all. ”

Chicago Community Bond Fund


First Defense Legal Aid

When anything you say can be held against you...A 24 hour hotline for people being held by the Chicago Police Department

First Defense Legal Aid 

Chicago Community Bond fund

Remain free while fighting your case in Cook County

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Free online tools and resources for all your legal questions

Illinois Legal Aid Online

CARPLS Everyday Justice

Free legal hotline that answers everyday legal questions for people who can not afford an attorney 

CARPLS Everyday Justice 


No upcoming events.

Congrats to M.M. on getting his case dismissed! We wish you and your family nothing but the best!

Contact Us...better yet come see us in person!

The center shares space in the UNITED CHURCH OF ROGERS PARK building:

Please enter through the wooden door at 1543 or the accessible entrance with elevator at 1545. 

Emmanuel Andre, Esq.

James Baranyk, Esq

Dorcas Acevedo, operations advocate

Maria Hernandez, administrative assistant and Spanish translator/linguist

Robyn Fuder, administrative assistant

Lydette Assefa legal intern

Pierrerasha Goodwin

legal intern 

Northside TLC

1543 W. Morse Ave. Chicago, IL 60626

P (312) 219-6544


Monday         9am - 6pm

Tuesday        9am - 6pm

Wednesday   9am - 6pm

Thursday       9am - 6pm

Friday:           9am - 6pm

Saturday:      10am-3pm

Sunday:    Closed

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