Record Cover 2.14The 2014 Investing in Justice Campaign

March 17, 2014
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CBF Report February/March 2014

Justice People Deserve, Not Just What They Can Afford

By Hollis R. Hanover  |  CBF Director of Development

The 8th annual CBF Investing in Justice Campaign kicks off this month, and once again thousands of individual attorneys and legal professionals from throughout the legal community are coming together around our common cause as a profession: taking a lead role to ensure that everyone has access to justice, not just people who can afford to pay for necessary legal help. Over the past seven years, the Campaign has grown from the ambitious vision of a few dedicated individuals to a broad-based effort that has now raised a total of more than $8.5 million for the cause. Last year, more than 4,000 individuals at 137 participating firms, companies and organizations (including the CBA) made it possible for tens of thousands of people to obtain vital legal assistance that is often critical to their safety and independence. While we should take pride in the Campaign’s past success, the need in our community is still great, and we have proven that through the Campaign we can make a big impact in meeting this need. Read more…


1-14 Record CoverThe Year in Pictures

January 24, 2014
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CBF Report January 2014

The Chicago Bar Foundation in 2013

By Meredith Mazzuca  |  CBF Manager of Marketing & Communications

Last year, we set some ambitious goals at the CBF. Big projects, more grant funding, new solutions. We set our sights high because it’s all about reaching—reaching beyond past successes, reaching to solve problems in a new way, reaching more people that need help. That wouldn’t get us very far though without a strong base of leadership and support behind our efforts. It’s because of your support of the CBF and the larger cause of equal access to justice that we’ve been able to achieve these ambitious goals over the last year. Read more…


11-13 Record CoverHatching an Incubator

November 21, 2013
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CBF Report October 2013

CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project Will Launch Start-up Solo and Small Firms to Expand Access to Affordable Legal Help

By Terri Mascherin  |  Chair, Steering Committee for CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project

Earlier this month the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) officially opened its doors in the West Loop, creating a program where at any given time 30 socially conscious and sustainable solo and small firm law practices will have the opportunity to grow and thrive.With this new collaborative office space, the CBF officially launches its incubator to help newer graduates develop practices that will serve a sizeable gap in our legal market–clients who earn too much to qualify for free legal aid but not enough to pay traditional lawyer rates. The inaugural group of 10 talented, entrepreneurial newer lawyers started in June and is nearing the end of the first segment of an 18-month program, having collectively contributed nearly 5,000 hours of pro bono service. Already, they are forging connections with one another and the larger legal community while developing and expanding innovative law practices designed to meet real community needs. Read more…


10-13-Record-CoverPro Bono Week 2013 – Do Something Great

October 17, 2013
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Articles from the October 2013 CBA Record – Pro Bono Edition:

Winning at Pro Bono

Helping Clients with Criminal Records
It’s More Than Expungement

Pro Bono Work in a Multicultural City
Helping Clients With Limited English Proficiency

The Rewards of Pro Bono Work
Young Lawyers Discuss the Impact of Volunteer Work and Making a Difference


10-13-Record-CoverA Win-Win for the Legal Community and Access to Justice

October 17, 2013
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CBF Report October 2013

Planting the Seeds for Pro Bono Partnerships and Collaborations

By Kelly Tautges | CBF Director of Pro Bono and Court Advocacy

When it comes to pro bono, lawyers in the Chicago area have good reason to be proud of the many talented and creative pro bono advocates at legal aid organizations and law firms, exemplary judicial and bar leadership, and the active participation and support from thousands of attorneys in our legal community.Working together with these partners to ensure that pro bono service most effectively meets community needs is one of the key ways that the CBF is helping to make the justice system more fair and accessible for people in need. As a core part of the CBF’s overall mission to bring the legal community together to improve access to justice, the CBF’s pro bono program works to ensure that attorneys can easily find and connect with pro bono opportunities, promotes best practices and incubates and provides key funding for innovative new pro bono programs. Read more…


2013 Luncheon RubinowitzChicago’s Legal Community Celebrates Seven Dedicated Attorneys

September 23, 2013
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CBF Report September 2013

CBA/CBF 15th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon

By Nate Penzel

Chicago’s legal community gathered to celebrate the contributions of seven extraordinary public interest-minded attorneys at The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 15th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon in July. Read more…


Legal Community is Changing Lives Through the CBF

August 15, 2013
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Making Access to Justice a Reality for Thousands of Low-Income Chicagoans

By Ryanne Easley  |  CBF Director of Grants

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The collective generosity of Chicago’s legal community continues to make a real and meaningful impact on increasing equal access to justice. Thanks to that generosity, the CBF awarded a new record of over $4.6 million in [...]


New Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Off to a Flying Start

May 24, 2013
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Since the Illinois Supreme Court officially approved the formation of the Commission on Access to Justice in June, the Commission has already made great steps toward making the courts more user-friendly and accessible for everyone, especially for people without lawyers struggling to navigate an often complex and intimidating system. The Commission’s mission essentially is to look broadly at how the Court can help advance access to justice throughout the State, with a particular focus on issues involving access to the courts that have statewide applicability and where the Supreme Court’s leadership is critical.