The following tribute to Joseph R. Bartylak appeared in the NLADA Update, Vol. 12, Number 12, September 3, 2010.
Joe Bartylak, long time former executive director of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (LLLAF) and a national leader in the legal services community, died on August 26, 2010. Bartylak led the Project Advocacy Group (merged with NLADA in 1999) in the mid-1980s during tenuous times when the existence of federal funding for legal services was under attack and many legal aid programs were fighting to survive. Joe was essential to the efforts to preserve the Legal Services Corporation from its many hostile attacks during the decade of the 1980's.