Investing in Justice Campaign
Chicago’s legal community once again has answered the call to help ensure that people in need in our community have access to justice. Thanks to the tremendous leadership of our 2013 Campaign Chair Dan Reidy of Jones Day, the Campaign Leadership Team, countless volunteers and the thousands of individuals who contributed, the CBF’s 7th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign set new records across the board.
More than 4,000 individuals at 137 participating law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations contributed more than $1.8 million in this year’s Campaign. 100% of those donations will go directly to CBF grants to Chicago-area pro bono and legal aid organizations and will thousands of people in need in our community have access to justice. For more details, you can read the press release announcing the Campaign’s record-breaking success.
“Because we lawyers hold the keys to the justice system, we uniquely understand the vast differences between the reality for those who can afford legal services and those who cannot. I was honored to serve as this year’s Campaign chair and I want to thank everyone who contributed. Just as the effect on a life can extend far beyond the immediate outcome of a case, so too does the impact of a donation. Each person helped and each dollar invested will result in exponential benefits and become part of the solution.”
- Dan Reidy, 2013 Campaign Chair
The success of this year’s Campaign will make it possible for pro bono and legal aid organizations to provide critical legal assistance to tens of thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people who rely upon them. In making Campaign grants, the CBF gives priority to general operating support, which is crucial to these organizations, and support for innovative projects that leverage significantly more funding and pro bono resources for this work. The Campaign grants fund a continuum of services, ranging from web-based information and resources to legal aid hotlines, advice desks and clinics, to extended legal representation and larger impact litigation and advocacy. Read more about the grants made possible by the 2013 Campaign.
Over seven years, our legal community collectively has contributed $8.5 million through the Campaign, 100% of which has gone directly to support pro bono and legal aid organizations and their dedicated lawyers through CBF grants. These grants support a comprehensive range of legal services to many thousands of people in need including the elderly, the disabled, veterans, children, domestic violence victims and people at risk of losing their homes.
Thanks to the legal community’s generosity and the ongoing success of the Campaign, tens of thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people have been able to get necessary legal assistance, and the justice system continues to work better for everyone. Together, we are making our community a fairer and better place for all of us.
While the 2013 Campaign has formally concluded, people contribute to the Campaign throughout the year and you can still invest in justice by making a personal contribution using the donate button below.