Public Service and Appointed Positions

After more than a decade in private practice, Jorge was approached to take on the role of General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), the third largest public housing agency in the country. As the first Latino to serve as General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority, he oversaw all of the agency’s legal affairs and provided advice and counsel to the CHA’s Board of Commissioners, senior management, and employees.

 

Jorge also supervised a staff of over 50 employees which included over 20 in-house lawyers who provided legal assistance on the complicated and sophisticated real estate and finance transactions involved in creating mixed income communities. The Legal Department also represented the CHA in litigation matters, ranging from personal injury lawsuits to decades-old federal court consent decrees to providing advice and counsel on compliance with HUD and other regulatory requirements.

 

Jorge also served as the CHA's Ethics Officer in charge of supervising compliance with the agency’s ethics policies as well as other applicable Federal and State ethics policies. Additionally, he supervised the agency’s Office of the Inspector General, which investigated reports of possible fraud and waste of CHA’s resources by the agency’s employees, residents, or contractors. He also supervised the agency’s ADA compliance department as well as its One-Strike Program. Jorge currently serves as the CHA's Ethics Officer and EEO Officer.

 

After returning to private practice, Mr. Cazares was subsequently appointed to the following public offices:

 

  • Office: Chief Ethics Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority

  • Duties: Enforcement of all ethics policies, issuing advisory opinions, investigations, and ethic training

  • Office: Chief EEO Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority

  • Duties: Enforcement of EEO policies, issuing advisory opinions, investigations, and EEO training

Community and Civic Involvement

Gads Hill Center
  • Board of Directors (2001 – present)

  • President (2010 – 2013)

  • Vice President (2007 – 2010)

  • Development Committee, Chairman (2002 – 2005)

  • Executive Committee (2007 – 2014)

  • Personnel Committee, Co-Chairman (2019-2020)

 

Gads Hill Center is a nonprofit youth education and family resource center, established in 1898. Gads Hill Center serves families in the Chicago neighborhoods of Lower West Side (Pilsen), North Lawndale, Brighton Park and South Lawndale (Little Village) with programming that provides learning support and educational enrichment, early childhood development, and out-of-school care for children.

 

Chicago Police Foundation
  • Founding Member and Board Director (2015 – present)

  • Treasurer, Secretary (2015 – 2021)

 

The Chicago Police Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization led by various Chicago business leaders. The Foundation helps to improve the city of Chicago’s public safety by supporting and funding programs that supplement resources and equipment available to the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

 

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
  • Lawyer in the Classroom (2004-2016)

 

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization. CRF seeks to instill in our nation's youth a lifelong commitment to the principles expressed in our Constitution. Lawyers in the Classroom project helps students to better understand the U.S. Constitution, our legal system, and law-related careers.

           

Loyola University Latino Alumni Board
  • Board of Directors (2001-2008)

  • President (2003-2005) 

Yale University Latino Alumni Board
  • Board of Directors (2001-2008)

   

 
Yale University Alumni School Committee Member
  • Member (2000-2016)

 
Loyola University - School of Law
  • Alumni Board of Governors (2004-2013)

  • Search Committee for New Law School Dean (2005)

  • Dean’s Diversity Council (2008-present)

 
Chicago Public Schools
  • Principal For A Day (2000-2012)

Santa Lucia Elementary School
  • Board, President (2010-2012)

  • School Board (2003-2013)

 

Loyola University Chicago - School of Law
  • Judge, Appellate Advocacy Competition - Oral Arguments (1994-present)

Honors and Awards

Recognized as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyer Network 

Categories of Commercial Litigation; Civil Rights/Constitutional Law; Employment Law: Management; Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law; and Real Estate Law: Commercial

The Nation's Top Lawyers, Based Upon a Survey of Their Peers

 

Instituto Del Progreso Latino 

Recipient of Instituto Spirit Award awarded annually to a prominent Latino leader in his field with an unwavering commitment to his community.

      

 

Business Leader of Color

From a highly competitive field of nominees, members are chosen for demonstrating a broad range of professional experiences and proven track record of success in numerous industries.

            

 

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago 

Award presented for Outstanding Volunteer Service

         

 

Loyola University Chicago 

Testimonial of Appreciation in Recognition of Outstanding Leadership, Commitment and Service As President of Loyola University Latino Alumni Board

           

 

Loyola University Chicago - School of Law

Testimonial of Appreciation in Recognition of Extraordinary Service

Minority Mentorship Program