2019 Fellow August Hieber combined two issue areas—elder abuse and LGBTQ+ rights—to create Chicago's first mobile legal clinic specifically for LGBTQ+ elders. Throughout the duration of their Fellowship with The Center for Disability and Elder Law in Chicago, Illinois, August provided culturally-responsive legal services to an expansive community with largely unment needs.
“Taking care of a community’s elders is a testament to the resilience of a community,” they said. “It was really gratifying and satisfying because I was investing in my future and the future for people like me.”
Post-Fellowship, August has taken the idea of caring for a community to another level: They now serve as the manager of programs and advocacy at the Chicago Bar Foundation, with the goal of making court processes more accessible. “I’ve been given a lot of ability to pursue this inquiry where it goes, which is really cool.”
August Hieber, who uses they/them pronouns, has focused their legal career on assisting senior citizens who are part of the LGBT community.