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FDLA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please donate today.

Give Monthly for 2021

$ 7 / Month

$ 24 / Month

$ 52 / Month

The FDLA Hotline and education programs including Know Your Rights, Enforce Your Rights, Help Not Jail and Jury of Our Peers keep our staff and volunteers working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year for 25 years and counting! Select a subscription level below and become a FDLA Partner in Justice for 2021: you give $7, $24, or $52 a month for a year, and FDLA staff and volunteers will continue to fight non-stop to defend the rights of people in Chicago Police custody and to develop hope, skills, and knowledge throughout Chicago neighborhoods that empowers people to invoke their rights and protect themselves.

FDLA Partner in Justice Donation Levels:

With your commitment, 12 consecutive monthly donations are automatically withdrawn from your bank account for the utmost sustainability and independence of this critical, 100% unique service!  Help keep us going strong by enrolling today. FDLA also appreciates your monthly donation by cash or check.

What people are saying about FDLA:

The Hotline connects the community to attorneys in a way that people who do not have that economic advantage in life can assert their rights.

Presita West
Founder and Criminal Defense Attorney

Hotline lawyers, and law students in some instances, are willing to get up in the middle of the night and go to police stations to help people assert their rights. It’s really about equality for People of Color and poor people.

Randolph Stone
Founder and Clinical Professor, University of Chicago Law School

I got stopped by my house and invoked my rights. I said I do not consent to searches. They searched me anyways and found a mountain of First Defense cards. They let me go.

Miguel Rodriguez
Artist Educator and Restorative Justice

I’m a social worker and this Hotline has been crucial for myself and my mentees. First Defense lawyers taught me is that the only way to out think police, because you can’t out talk them, is to say “I want my lawyer” and wait until First Defense gets there.

Max Cerda
Social Worker


FDLA would like to recognizes the support of the following individuals and organizations for contributions of $500- $50,000. We are proud of, and fortified by, being majority funded by individual donations. THANK YOU!

Champion Defenders

The African American Legacy Fund at the Chicago Community Trust

After School Matters

The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund

The Alphawood Foundation

AmeriCorps VISTA

Awesome Foundation

Bank of America

The Chicago Bar Foundation

The Chicago Community Trust

Chicago Department of Family Support Services

Citizen’s Alert Inc

The Crown & Goodman Families

Crossroads Fund

Field Foundation

Illinois AmeriCorps

Illinois Equal Justice Foundation

Jenner & Block LLP

The John Marshall Law School

The Justice Advisory Council of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Leonard C. Goodman

Loevy & Loevy

Phalarope Foundation

Polk Bros. Foundation

Silicon Valley Foundation

The Woods Fund

University of Notre Dame Law School

Zakat Foundation


Daniel Fenske

Latham & Watkins LLP

Miguel Rodriguez

The Montgomery Foundation

Dr. Rahul Sharma & Dr. Cristina Antonucci

Shiller-Preyar Law Office

Tim & Alix Walker


Latham & Watkins LLP

Mayer Brown

Patricia Unsinn

The People’s Law Office

Schwab Charitable Fund

The Law Office of Standish E. Willis


Adair Crosley

AFSCME Local 3315

Anthony Hill

Burch and Associates

Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP

Cathy Cohen

Charles Hoffman

Commonwealth Tavern

David Simon

Eliza Solowiej & the FDLA Staff Team

Haligan’s Bar

Herschella Conyers

Hugh Mundy & Family

Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick, & Dym, LTD.

Jane MacKie

Jenne Spencer

The John Marshall Law School

Kathleen Flynn

Karen Daniel & Alan Goldberg

Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym, LTD.

Hugh Mundy & Family

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Maria Whiteman Coar

Michael Lenehan

The Promontory

Rob & Nicole Blazejowski

Russell Ainsworth

Sean Patrick MacCarthy

Terri Truax

Timothy P. O’Neill & Jane Rutherford

Tom Breen

Tom Geraghty

Tucker Ellis LLP