Director of Pro Bono & Court Advocacy
Kelly Tautges is the CBF’s Director of Pro Bono & Court Advocacy. Kelly leads the CBF’s pro bono efforts, including work with lawyers, law firms, corporations, the courts, and pro bono and legal aid organizations to maximize the impact of pro bono work in ensuring access to justice. Kelly is also responsible for leading the CBF’s advocacy efforts with the courts and administrative agencies for policies promoting access to justice, including policies that make the courts and administrative agencies more user friendly for people without lawyers.
Prior to joining the CBF, Kelly was an associate at Vedder Price P.C. for six years, where she represented clients in complex civil litigation. Kelly was an active member of Vedder Price’s pro bono committee, and represented children and families in a variety of pro bono cases, including delinquency, adoption, and guardianship proceedings. She was an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing and Analysis at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and teaches an Access to Justice Practicum course at Loyola and at University of Illinois College of Law.
Kelly received the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence from the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. In addition, Kelly was selected in 2012 as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company and also has been recognized by her alma mater Loyola University Chicago School of Law for her dedication to pro bono and public service.
Kelly graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Social Work, and earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.