Meet Nebula Li & Timothy Myers, CALA's New Staff Attorneys

CALA is extremely fortunate to have two committed, talented attorneys join our staff:  Nebula Li & Timothy Myers. In addition to their work with CALA's "community activism law clinics," Nebula will coordinate CALA's free community legal education for activists and activist organizations, while Tim will oversee our internship and volunteer programs. 

Nebula Li, Staff Attorney & Coordinator of Community Legal Education                                                                                                                                      Photography by Thomas Alaan

Nebula Li, Staff Attorney & Coordinator of Community Legal Education                                                                                                                                    Photography by Thomas Alaan

Nebula Li is an attorney and activist committed to engaging with the community to advance social change.   Before starting at CALA, Nebula practiced immigration, criminal defense, public benefits and civil rights law at AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, Shiller*Preyar Law Offices, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago and Justice for Our Neighbors.  At Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Nebula also worked as a community organizer, mobilizing over 4,000 immigrant voters across the Chicagoland area.  

Nebula graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2011.    During law school, Nebula participated in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic’s Criminal & Juvenile Justice Project where they defended juveniles in criminal court.  Nebula also interned at Immigration Equality and Harvard Immigrant & Refugee Clinic/Greater Boston Legal Services.  Nebula earned the University of Chicago President’s Volunteer Service Award in addition to being a Law School Leadership Fellow. Nebula was also a member of the 2012 class of the “20 under 40,” Just The Beginning Foundation’s recognition for 20 attorneys under the age of 40 across the country, who reach back and lift up their communities.  

Nebula currently serves as a board member for National Lawyers Guild Chicago, a progressive organization for law students, lawyers, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers. They are also an active member of community organizations Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian/Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago (i2i) and National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF). 

Nebula can speak Spanish proficiently, and basic Cantonese.

Timothy Myers, Staff Attorney & Volunteer/Intern Coordinator                                                                                                                                                        Photography by Thomas Alaan

Timothy Myers, Staff Attorney & Volunteer/Intern Coordinator                                                                                                                                                      Photography by Thomas Alaan

Timothy Myers is motivated by the opportunity to make a difference in the community, and he sees his law degree as a tool to do so. Tim’s interest in activism and serving the public interested started early. During college, Tim was active advocating for immigrant rights in Voces de la Frontera, a grassroots political organization supporting Milwaukee’s immigrant community. After college, Tim worked at University Hospital in Cincinnati, advocating for the hospital’s uninsured patients in their Medicaid and Social Security cases.

During his time in law school, Tim developed an interest in immigration law, serving as the President of the Immigration Law Society. Tim also gained experience in the practice of immigration law while clerking for Community Refugee and Immigration Services and while helping set up DACA workshops for Vineyard Community Church. Tim was also active in the law school’s civil clinic, using the FOIA process to request records from Customs and Border Protection to support litigation seeking to prove discriminatory enforcement policies by CBP targeting the Latino community. 

This interest in immigration law is coupled with an interest in criminal law, which Tim cultivated during his time clerking with criminal defense attorney Priya Tamilarasan. Upon graduating law school, Tim worked as a prosecutor for the City of Chicago Department of Law.

Presently, Tim is active in Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, serving as a mentor to high school students interested in legal careers. Tim is a proud alumnus of Marquette University and The Ohio State Moritz College of Law.

Tim is fluent in Spanish.