Anthony B Borich - President

Anthony B. Borich is an associate in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP.  Tony represents clients in litigation, mediation, and through corporate counseling.  Tony’s work focuses on contract and fraud litigation, with a focus on outsourcing disputes, licensing disputes, and other technology and services disputes.  Tony also represents clients in patent infringement litigation.  Tony maintains an active pro bono practice, including civil rights litigation, habeas petitions, landlord-tenant disputes, and Clean Water Act cases.
Prior to joining Jenner, Tony served as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing in Chicago.  In law school, Tony worked with community organizers and legal services organizations in Boston implementing the community activism lawyering model.   
Tony graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009.  In 2006, Mr. Borich graduated with Honors and Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Iowa State University, where he was awarded the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award.

Thomas Alaan - Vice President

Critically acclaimed "stellar” [Chicago Tribune] countertenor Thomas Aláan has been praised for his "heartfelt... soaring sound... [and] simmering singing" [Hyde Park Herald], "excellent timing and intonation" [Elgin Review), "incredible diction... [and] significant and clean upper register" [The Post-Journal], and his “artful and moving voice” of “unearthly round tone and singular power” [Communities Digital News].

A frequent soloist and collaborator across the United States, Thomas has performed with  numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras, including: Aestas Consort, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce Camerata, Bach Cantata Vespers, Credo, Vox 3 Collective, Elgin Master Chorale and Elgin Symphony, Helios Ensemble, Janus Ensemble, Mountainside Baroque, Musikanten Montana, Rookery, The Rooks, Schola Antiqua, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra (2017). He’s also performed on regional concert series, as well as at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Bach and Beyond Baroque Early Music Festival in New York; and in 2016 he (re)created the role of Patie in Allan Ramsay's opera, The Gentle Shepherd, last seen in North America in 1798. Thomas was is a national finalist in the Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition for emerging professionals and a managed artist with L.A. based Cadenza Classic.

Thomas delights in exploring rare musical gems. In 2013, he was named a national semi-finalist in The American Prize for his interpretation of art song, an exploration he continues in collaboration with organist David Jonies through the sacred music of the Romantic era. Additionally, he has recorded Vivaldi’s solo cantata, Stabat mater dolorosa, for Biretta Books (2010). 

Thomas is based in Chicago where he studies with four acclaimed teachers and performers: soprano Ellen Hargis (Newberry Consort), countertenor Mark Crayton (Chicago College of Performing Arts), Elizabeth Parker (Chicago College of Performing Arts); and Sheri Greenawald (Director, San Francisco Opera Center). His former teachers include Max von Egmond, Ann Baltz, David Brock, Beverly Hoch, Linda Poetschke, and Lewis Hall. 

He received his M.A. Vocal Pedagogy under renowned author and pedagogue, Joan Wall, at Texas Woman's University, and his B.A. Music Education from Alderson-Broaddus University, where he majored in voice and saxophone and studied accompanying. 

Concurrently, Thomas serves as co-director of the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, and as Director of Women’s Schola and Assistant Conductor of Choirs at Holy Name Cathedral. He is an active studio teacher of aspiring and professional singers, and a clinician for entrepreneurship in the arts.

In addition to music, Thomas serves as Secretary and Board Member for the Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance. He also works in sustainable energy initiatives at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he administers and oversees the nationally recognized Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy. Thomas was the lead grant writer for the $500k grant from the Department of Energy that funds the SISE program.

Chirag Badlani - Treasurer

Chirag Badlani is an associate at the Chicago law firm of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., where he represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, with a focus in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and labor and employment.

Prior to joining his current firm, Chirag was a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and to the Honorable Allyne Ross, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also worked as a Planning Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, on issues related to access to legal services for adults in immigration detention and unaccompanied minors. Before attending law school, Chirag was a project manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), working in the area of urban redevelopment.

Chirag graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. He received his B.A. from Yale. 

Chirag currently sits on the Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and is a 2014 Chicago Chapter Fellow with the New Leaders Council (NLC).  He is also a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) and First 10, a network that aims to support public interest lawyers in Chicago in their first ten years of practice.

Serafina Ye Jin Ha - Secretary

Serafina Ye Jin Ha is a tax associate in the Chicago office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), working with the Industry Services Group doing compliance and provision work for non-finance industry clients. Currently, she is working to fulfill all her requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Serafina graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago magna cum laude with a B.S. in Accounting. While there, she was VP of Operations of the Accounting Club, and an executive member of the Business Student Advisory Board. She co-founded the Business Learning Center, which opened in the fall of 2014 to provide a space for students to come together for resources in tutoring, socializing, and other areas in academic and career development.

Prior to PwC, Serafina volunteered with the Korean-American Resource and Cultural Center, a local non-profit that serves to empower the Korean American community through education, social service, organizing/advocacy and culture. Through her extended involvement, she gained appreciation and passion for social justice and humanitarian work

Ellen C. Craig - President Emeritus

Ellen C. Craig is a lawyer and independent consultant specializing in energy and regulatory law and policy. She is also an advisor to Enovation Partners which focuses exclusively on serving the energy and infrastructure sectors. Previously, she was a Commissioner of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission; Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, USN Communications, Inc.; Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission; and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor James R. Thompson. 

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, and the Metropolitan Planning Council. She is a member of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and The Chicago Network.


Matthew A. Simmons

Matthew A. Simmons is Assistant General Counsel at the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, an Illinois municipal corporation that owns McCormick Place and Navy Pier.  Matt focuses his practice on transactional matters related to finance, construction, sports law and real estate.  Matt also specializes in legislative drafting and interpretation.  In addition, Matt counsels MPEA staff with respect to the legal implications of MPEA policy matters and business decisions. 

Prior to joining MPEA in 2015, Matt worked at Mayer Brown LLP as an associate in the Government Relations practice group.  At Mayer Brown, Matt represented government entities and private companies in connection with municipal bond issuances, loan agreements, transportation infrastructure projects and sports law matters.  Matt also represented religious organizations and non-profit corporations pro bono on various transactional and corporate matters.  Before joining Mayer Brown, Matt spent the first year of his career writing legislation in the City of Chicago Law Department.  

Matt received his B.A. in political science and sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2009. Matt gained experience with community activism lawyering in law school, working in tandem with community organizers on housing issues in Boston.   


Samuel Goldberg

Samuel Goldberg is an assistant public defender at the Cook County Office of the Public Defender. Sam moved to Chicago in 2015. Prior to moving, Sam worked at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender in the Mercer County Trial Region from 2012 to 2015. In that capacity, he represented hundreds of individuals accused of felony-level offenses. Prior to his work at the Office of the Public Defender in New Jersey, Sam was the Gault Fellow at the National Juvenile Defender Center, where he co-authored a best practices manual for juvenile defense attorneys nationwide. Sam earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University in 2005 and his Juris Doctorate from NYU School of Law in 2010. Sam is fluent in Spanish.

Alex Boni-Saenz

Professor Boni-Saenz earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He also holds a M.Sc. with distinction in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and an A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in Psychology and Government from Harvard College.

Professor Boni-Saenz joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty after serving as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer at University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, where he created a medical-legal partnership for low-income seniors. He also clerked for Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Professor Boni-Saenz's scholarship focuses on how legal doctrines and institutions can respond to the challenges and opportunities of an aging society. His scholarly work is interdisciplinary in nature and touches on several areas, including disability law, family law, health law, and trusts and estates. He teaches courses in Health Law, Property, and Trusts and Estates.

Sam Heppell

Sam Heppell joined Chicago civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy in September 2015. His clients include the wrongfully convicted, victims of police brutality and sexual assault, and prisoners denied access to adequate medical care.   
Sam graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014, where he represented dozens of low-income clients as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau—the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization. He defended tenants against unjust evictions and helped disabled and unemployed community members obtain vital public benefits. He also served as co-coordinator of the Foreclosure Task Force, protecting residents from post-foreclosure displacement as part of a community lawyering partnership with a Boston housing and tenants’ rights organization, City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU). In this role, Sam helped run legal advice clinics at CLVU community meetings, and represented CLVU members in their eviction cases in Boston Housing Court.
Before law school, Sam worked as a union organizer and then as a legislative assistant in Canada’s Parliament, where he focused on issues related to police accountability and prison policy.

Lydia Sharp

Lydia Sharp is an Equal Justice Works fellow at Equip for Equality
advocating for people with disabilities to be free from sexual abuse
and sex trafficking. Prior to law school, Lydia co-authored a book
about the Dominican Republic, and while in the country, she witnessed
sex trafficking. This experience inspired her to pursue a legal

As a young adult, Lydia toured the country playing marimba and
vibraphone with the Blue Devils, Bluecoats, and Glassmen drum and
bugle corps. She also competed with the RCC indoor drumline.

Lydia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Integrated Media
from Biola University in La Mirada, California in 2012 and her Juris
Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2016.

Elizabeth Arumilli

Elizabeth Arumilli is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor,
Office of the Solicitor in its Chicago regional office.  There, Ms.
Arumilli brings civil and administrative enforcement actions under
federal labor laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the
Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and the Occupational Safety
and Health Act.  She has practiced in numerous U.S. District Courts
and before the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law
Judges, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, and  the
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.  Ms. Arumilli
started her work with the U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas and moved
to Chicago in 2012.  Ms. Arumilli earned a J.D. from Harvard Law
School and a B.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University with highest
honors.   She worked as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in southeastern
Ohio before attending law school in 2006.