Stand Up For Each Other! (SUFEO!) Chicago is a student-run organization that provides free information and services for K-12 students facing suspension, bullying, or exclusion from school. SUFEO! law students operate a hotline, supervised by attorneys in the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic. After a brief intake, SUFEO! can provide information, referrals, advice, and, in some cases, representation for K-12 students in school-based meetings, on issues such as:
- Suspension appeals
- Bullying complaints and investigations
- Safety planning meetings
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings
- Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
- Records appeals
SUFEO! students aim to help parents and schools work together to keep children safe and engaged in school.
SUFEO! Chicago was launched in October 2014 and is modeled after the Stand Up for Each Other! project in New Orleans and the Suspension Representation Project in New York City.
Are you a K-12 student, parent, or guardian who needs help understanding your school rights? Call our Hotline at 773-800-0338. Your call will be returned within 24-48 hours. Please have the student’s school documents nearby when you call.
Community Outreach: Do you work with youth or parents who would benefit from learning about their legal rights in school? SUFEO! is happy to provide your organization or your constituents with free Know Your Rights trainings either in person or virtually! Please contact our Outreach Coordinators, David Faich (email@example.com) and Logan Sweeney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Student Volunteers: Are you a law student looking to have direct client experience as early as your 1L year? Contact the SUFEO! President, Hannah May, at email@example.com, or any of the other SUFEO! Board members to discuss how you can support the work of SUFEO! Chicago.
2020-2021 Executive Board
|Name||Role||Area of Interest||Before Law School||Last Summer||Why SUFEO!||1L Section|
|Hannah May (firstname.lastname@example.org)||President||Civil Rights and Education Law||University of Michigan / Paralegal in BigLaw (Jenner&Block)||I worked at the federal Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. I assisted on writing letters of determination, participated in witness interviews, researched employment jurisdiction issues, and investigated cases related to disability discrimination, sex discrimination, and race discrimination.||I have always been interested in civil rights law and working for the government or a policy-making body. Before starting a career in policy, I knew that it was important to engage one-on-one with the beneficiaries of policy to better understand the wants and needs of students and families.||Section 3|
|MariaCarolina Gomez (email@example.com)||Vice President||Public Interest, Criminal law, Immigration law||Loyola Marymount University; Majored in Philosophy and English. After graduation, I worked for two years as a paralegal at Immigrant Defenders Law Center.||I worked as a Summer Law Clerk at Law Offices of Martinez, Nguyen, & Magaña. I learned more about various avenues of immigration relief for victims of crime, drafted arguments to support adjustment of status for individuals with criminal records, researched constantly shifting immigration laws and policies to assist in applications for immigration relief, and prepared asylum filings.||I joined SUFEO! because SUFEO! provided me with an opportunity to continue developing my legal skills, engage with the community and allow me to continue learning about our legal system and how it disproportionately impacts marginalized communities.||Section 2|
|Claire Bufalino (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Intake Coordinators||Children's Rights Law and Criminal Justice||New York University / Two years songwriting in Nashville (It's a long story)||I worked at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless in their policy department. My work was centered on the reentry community and included policy research for upcoming bills in the state legislature relevant to our work and strategy/outreach for the Public Housing Access Bill, HB206.||I recognize that in both law and policy work, it is essential to defer to your client or to the community you serve, to listen to their needs. I love that SUFEO! gives us the opportunity to not just advocate on behalf of our clients but to lift up their voices to advocate for themselves.||Section 3|
|Alex Kuenzli (email@example.com)||Intake Coordinators||Foster care policy and child welfare law||The Ohio State University (straight to law school from undergrad so no work experience in between)||I interned at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services where I worked in their Guardian ad Litem for Minors and Family Law Programs. My work this summer included contested guardianship cases where CVLS was GAL, a divorce case where CVLS was Child Representative, and divorce cases where CVLS represented one of the parties.||I am passionate about working with youth, and I love SUFEO! because of the opportunity to directly interact, work, and advocate with youth and their families.||Section 3|
|Robert Morlock (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Advocacy Coordinator||Health law||University of Arizona||I was the 2020 summer extern for AMITA Health, am participating in Beazley's Health Justice Project and Annals of Health.||I am excited to serve as the Advocacy Coordinator with SUFEO! this year.||Section 1|
|David Faich (email@example.com)||Outreach Coordinators||Early childhood education policy||Franklin and Marshall College (B.A.) and University of Oklahoma (M.Ed.) / Third grade teacher, family support case manager, and assistant principal||I clerked with Chicago Public Schools with the labor relations and employee engagement legal teams and was a research assistant with a City Council alderwoman. One of my favorite projects was to analyze the proposed ordinances on civilian oversight for police accountability.||I am looking forward to working with SUFEO! to further develop my advocacy and community engagement skills while supporting students and families in tangible ways.||Section 3|
|Logan Sweeney (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Outreach Coordinators||Family law||University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I graduated in 2019 with a degree in Economics and Political Science, and an English minor. I went straight to law school after graduating.||I worked at Chicago Advocate Legal, a public aid domestic relations law firm. Family law has many different areas, and this summer I had the opportunity to focus on adoptions, child custody, and I worked on a couple of divorces with allocations of parental responsibilities.||I joined SUFEO! because it gave me an opportunity to work with clients and use practical legal skills before I was licensed-- it's a great place to get experience and get involved with something you are passionate about.||Section 2|
|Joanna Shea (email@example.com)||Development Coordinator||Consumer Protection & Regulatory Compliance||University of Colorado - Boulder - My degree is in Integrative Physiology and I worked in laboratories all throughout college. After I graduated, I worked at a technology education start-up called Galvanize and then in fintech at Matrix Financial Solutions.||I patchworked a handful of projects together—regulatory & operations consulting for an online coding school, volunteering for the Bronx Defenders, and research support for one of the attorneys at Civitas.||SUFEO! helps me feel connected to the city of Chicago, involved at Loyola, and stimulated as a law student. I love that I don't need a background in education or an intent to enter ed-law to be involved at SUFEO! Finally, everyone involved at SUFEO! rocks - the e-board, the advocates, the supervising attorneys, and especially the clients.||Section 3|