Alicia Aiken has dedicated 25 years to working within the public and non-profit sectors to further social justice for people living in poverty and surviving violence. Alicia brings a deep understanding of the legal and social services non-profit sector, having spent 15 years as a trial attorney and then a member of the Executive Committee at Legal Aid Chicago.
Alicia is a Principal at the Danu Center for Strategic Advocacy, and the Director of the Danu Center’s Confidentiality Institute, a national policy and technical assistance project that supports helping professionals to protect privacy for crime victims. Alicia is also the Faculty Fellow for Practising Law Institute’s Interactive Learning Center where she designs innovative programs that teach lawyers to work well with individual clients, and hosts the podcast Pursuing Justice: The Pro Bono Files which tell stories about the work of non-profit and pro bono attorneys nationwide. Alicia regularly strategizes with direct service non-profits, local coalitions, government entities, law firms, and professional organizations on a wide range of issues, including service delivery models, client confidentiality, organizational structure, internal procedures, legal compliance, litigation strategy, policy advocacy, professional development, and distance learning design.
Alicia attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Law degree (’95) and a Bachelor of Arts in English/History (’92). In 2006-2007, Alicia was awarded the Chicago Foundation for Women Founder’s Award, enabling her to study organizational change at Northwestern University, and to undertake a national study of model domestic violence courts. Most recently, she received the American Bar Association’s 2018 Sharon L. Corbitt Award for Exemplary Legal Service to Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking.