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 After more than thirty years of service to the Evanston community, The Evanston Community Defender Office, Inc. (the “Evanston Defender”) is changing its name to the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy. The new name honors Judge James B. Moran, one of the agency’s founding members. 

Judge Moran served as a distinguished federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Throughout his career, he was noted for his fairness, clarity, compassion, and also his patience, good humor and friendly, respectful tone. Judge Moran continued as an active member of the agency’s board until last year, when he passed away after years of dedication to the Evanston community, especially to issues concerning Evanston youth. 

While the agency’s name is new, its mission, vision and programming will remain unchanged.  It continues its passionate advocacy for low-income youth and their families, ensuring that they obtain integrated legal and social work services to improve their lives at home, at school, and within the Evanston Community. The agency is dedicated to providing at-risk Evanston youth with the tools to be productive, law-abiding citizens with bright futures. 

To celebrate its new name and latest programming initiatives, the Moran Center will host a fundraising event on October 7, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Boocoo Cultural Center in Evanston.