The collective effort and generosity of Chicago’s legal community made this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign another resounding and record-breaking success. Thanks to the exemplary leadership of 2016 Campaign Chair Susan Levy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Northern Trust, the Campaign Leadership Team, countless volunteers, and the thousands of individuals who contributed, the CBF’s 10th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign set new records across the board.
154 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign, and more than 5,000 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.5 million, all record amounts.
100 percent of individual contributions to the Campaign go directly to CBF grants and leverage hundreds of thousands in additional funding for this work as well. This year’s Campaign will yield more than $2 million in grants to 33 pro bono and legal aid organizations thanks to a number of generous matching contributions from participating firms and companies and additional foundation and government funding the CBF is able to leverage through the Campaign grants process. See more details are in the official press release.
The success of this year’s Campaign will make it possible for these organizations to provide critical legal assistance to tens of thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people who rely upon them. 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.
Justice People Deserve Not Just What They Can Afford
Over ten years, our legal community collectively has contributed more than $13 million through the Campaign. Those receiving services made possible by the Campaign include the elderly, disabled individuals, veterans, children, domestic violence victims, people at risk of losing their homes, immigrants fleeing persecution and abuse, and many other low-income and disadvantaged people in the Chicago area in need of legal assistance.
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 2016 Campaign is coming to a close, it’s not too late to contribute.