The Evanston Community Defender Office, Inc. is changing its name to the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy in honor of the former federal district court judge who was one of the group’s founding members 30 years ago.

The Evanston Community Defender Office, Inc. is changing its name to the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy in honor of the former federal district court judge who was one of the group’s founding members 30 years ago.

Moran continued as an active member of the agency’s board until last year, when he died after years of service to the community focused on issues concerning Evanston youth.

The group plans to continue its mission of advocacy for low-income youth and their families, seeking to ensure that they obtain integrated legal and social work services to improve their lives at home, at school, and within the Evanston community.

The agency’s leaders say it seeks to provide 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 at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, at Boocoo Cultural Center in Evanston. For more information call Cara Donley at (847) 492-1410.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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