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Barbara Barreno-Paschall

Senior Staff Attorney | Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

"My long-term vision for our city is for Chicagoans from different neighborhoods who have different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds to work together, not separately, to break down the barriers and stereotypes that hinder integration and community revitalization."


Undergraduate Degree: Harvard College, '07

Fun fact: Although I am only 5'2" tall, I learned how to hurdle in high school track and field and ran the 100-meter and 300-meter events.

Barbara Barreno-Paschall is a Senior Staff Attorney at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights with the Housing Opportunity Project, where she works to combat housing discrimination and barriers to opportunity. 

Prior to joining Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, Barbara graduated from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy with a Master of Public Policy and practiced labor and employment law at the firm Sidley Austin LLP. At Sidley, Barbara was twice recognized for her work on behalf of immigrants seeking asylum when she received the Thomas H. Morsch Award for outstanding pro bono service. 

Barbara is an alumna of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership and Latino Center for Leadership Development Leadership Academy and was a Fellow with the Chicago Chapter of New Leaders Council and New American Leaders. Barbara twice served as a Chicago Scholars mentor and volunteered as a Lector at Old St. Patrick’s Church. 

A native of Covina, California in Los Angeles County, Barbara is a graduate of Harvard College and Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and as Chair of the National Latina/o Law Student Association. 

She lives in Hyde Park with her husband and daughter.