Lawrence Wood is the supervisory attorney at Legal Action Chicago, a subsidiary of Legal Aid Chicago, the Midwest's largest provider of free civil legal services to people who are living in poverty or otherwise vulnerable. Legal Action Chicago is, unlike Legal Aid Chicago, able to participate in class actions and legislative advocacy. He has been an attorney at Legal Aid Chicago for thirty years, and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago for twenty years. He has won The New Yorker's Cartoon Caption Contest a record-setting seven times, and been featured on The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Moth podcast. In a speech to the Chicago chapter of The Federalist Society, the late Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed Mr. Wood's law school seminar on housing and poverty law as "a waste of time."