Caitlin Barlow is excited to join CALA as a staff attorney. She is a graduate of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (JD ’16) and University of California at Berkeley (BA ’12). She comes to CALA after having recently completed a year as a Pritzker Law Fellow in Housing Law at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), where she represented low-income tenants facing loss of housing due to alleged criminal activity. At CGLA, she also taught a housing law class to incarcerated women at Cook County Department of Corrections. During law school, she was committed to obtaining as much legal aid experience as possible. At Bay Area Legal Aid in San Francisco, she worked in the San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership, where she assisted families whose children were experiencing asthma and other health issues due to housing conditions. In DC, at the Legal Aid Society of DC, she worked in the Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit, providing assistance with orders of protection, child custody, and child support. She also served as an intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center in the LGBT Immigrant Rights project, where she assisted LGBT immigrants and individuals in bi-national same sex couples to gain immigration relief.
Prior to law school, Caitlin studied Public Policy and Media Studies at UC Berkeley. She has always been passionate about working with and mentoring children, particularly children exposed to community violence and domestic violence. While at Berkeley, she mentored children exposed to domestic violence at Alameda Point Collaborative. In her year between undergrad and law school, she worked at a domestic violence shelter in San Francisco, providing crisis counseling and support with the children’s program. And in law school, she volunteered with Chicago Youth Programs, mentoring and tutoring children on a weekly basis. She currently volunteers at the Center on Halsted and the Anti-Cruelty Society. Caitlin is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago.
In her spare time, she pursues her passion for photojournalism, taking photographs whenever she has the opportunity. She believes effective photojournalism is integral to increasing empathy and showing others life from another perspective. She loves all animals, and has an overly spoiled dog and two cats, and her family, including her two sweet baby brothers, Ryan and Brendan.