Bob Glaves has been Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation since October, 1999, prior to which he had a successful nine-year career as a civil litigator at the Chicago law firm then known as Menges, Mikus & Molzahn. As Executive Director of the CBF, Bob is responsible for leading and overseeing the CBF’s work to mobilize the legal community around the issue of access to justice for people in need. Since Bob became Executive Director, the CBF has increased the amount of its annual grants and fundraising more than tenfold and has played a lead role in launching a number of groundbreaking access to justice initiatives. Bob is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of The John Marshall Law School, received a B.A. degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1987, and has been awarded a number of commendations over the course of his legal career.
Bob has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Donors Forum and President of the National Conference of Bar Foundations. He also has served on the board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and chaired the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Legislative Committee, the CBA Legal Aid Committee and several other bar committees. He was the principal drafter and led the successful advocacy efforts for the Illinois Equal Justice Act and other significant Illinois legislation. He has written numerous articles for legal and nonprofit publications and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on issues including access to justice, pro bono, immigration, advocacy and a number of other legal and nonprofit topics. He is involved in a number of other policy and law-related initiatives as well.
Bob recently received the 2013 Don Hubert Public Service Award from the Chicago Inn of Court. Among the commendations Bob has received over the course of his career are the Maurice Weigle Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1998, the Chicago Legal Clinic’s Cardinal Bernadin Award for action on behalf of social justice in 2000, the Atticus Finch Award from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services in 2002, the Human Rights Practitioner of the Year Award at the Midwest Light of Human Rights Awards Luncheon in 2003, and a Distinguished Service Award from the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association in 2004. Bob also was selected in 2002 as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.
In addition to his law related activities, Bob served for several years on the local school council for Beaubien elementary school in Chicago, served on former Chicago Mayor Daley’s 21st Century Leadership Council, and is involved in other community activities. He resides in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood with his wife Robin and their two children.