Chicago-Daily-Law-BulletinInvesting in Justice posts another fundraising record

July 14, 2014
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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Jamie Loo  |  Law Bulletin staff writer

The Chicago Bar Foundation’s annual Investing in Justice campaign broke records again this year, raising $1.81 million and pushing the overall fundraising drive’s total past $10 million in eight years.

The money goes to pro bono and legal-aid services in the Chicago area.

“It’s made a lot of good possible and is something the Chicago legal community can really be proud of,” said CBF Executive Director Robert A. Glaves.

This past spring, 146 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations took part in the campaign, an increase from 137 groups last year. More than 4,300 attorneys and legal professionals donated $1.3 million, and employers kicked in an additional $500,000 — which is the highest amount ever raised in individual contributions.  Read more…

Blue Sky logoJustice Entrepreneurs Project and Nora Endzel Featured in Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation

March 10, 2014
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Blue Sky Innovation, the Chicago Tribune’s new site for news related to innovation and entrepreneurship, featured the Justice Entrepreneurs Project and JEP participant Nora Endzel in a recent video. Nora talks about how JEP lawyers are embracing a new kind of legal practice, through innovative pricing models, collaboration and technology. Watch the video…

Chicago Tonight LogoChicago Tonight Spotlights CBF’s New Incubator Program

January 23, 2014
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The Justice Entrepreneurs Project was featured on the January 23rd broadcast of WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”. Carol Marin interviewed CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves and JEP participant Katrice Hall, who discussed the goals of the program and how it is reinventing the traditional legal practice. Watch the video…

Chicago-Grid-logoWhat Do You Get When You Mix A Lawyer With An Incubator?

January 17, 2014
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A Chicago Grid article about the Justice Entrepreneurs Project focuses on some of the innovative new practice models—like fixed fees and a la carte services—that the program participants are using to build sustainable practices. JEP lawyers Conor Malloy and Trevor Clarke are featured. Read the article here.

Bloomberg-Businessweek2Training New Lawyers to Start Affordable Law Firms

January 13, 2014
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A January 13th Bloomberg Businessweek article about the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) describes how the new CBF project is translating the tech incubator concept for the legal community. JEP participant Nora Endzel is featured. Read the full article here.

Chicago-Daily-Law-BulletinBridging the ‘justice gap’

November 15, 2013
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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Roy Strom | Law Bulletin staff writer

As a master’s degree student studying theology, Conor Malloy wanted to help large groups of people liberate themselves from oppression.

But ministry wasn’t his thing. So he chose what he said is the next-most pervasive way to impact social justice: Helping low-and-moderate income families handle legal problems.

“The Jesuits really wanted to see me throw on a collar one day,” said Malloy, a former Loyola University Chicago theology student and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law graduate. “I don’t think I was meant for it. But I think I am doing something similar, just with a little more freedom.”

With the help of an initiative announced today by The Chicago Bar Foundation, Malloy might also end up with a little more money in his pocket. He is one of 10 inaugural members of the CBF’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project.

Chicago-Daily-Law-BulletinPanel finds modern pro bono lessons in 1962 film

October 28, 2013
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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Marc Karlinsky  | Law Bulletin staff writer

Many of the lawyers that gathered at a North Side theater Friday hadn’t read or watched “To Kill a Mockingbird” since their high school years.

When they did finally revisit the 1962 classic film last week they watched it for credit — just as they did years ago.

About 200 attorneys assembled at the Music Box Theatre to cap off Pro Bono Week by viewing the screen adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, then discussing how the ethical challenges in the story translate to the real-world practice of law.

Chicago-Daily-Law-BulletinLegal-aid lawyers learn, then teach

October 16, 2013
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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By John Flynn Rooney | Law Bulletin Staff Writer

On a Monday and Tuesday last week, 15 legal-aid leaders went through a training program on the ins and outs of trial skills.

The following three days, they taught the same program on opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations and closing arguments to about 40 legal-aid [...]

Chicago Bar Foundation sets fundraising record

May 31, 2013
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Chicago Volunteer Legal Services plans to use a $90,000 grant from The Chicago Bar Foundation for the most essential part of its budget — electricity, rent and the copy machine.

“General operating funds are incredibly important to us … A lot of foundations don’t want to pay for general (expenses), they want to pay for a special project, something they can put their name on,” said Margaret C. Benson, executive director of CVLS.

Moving forward past indifference to provide equal justice to all

April 19, 2013
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When we talk about The Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF) 7th annual Investing in Justice Campaign, we talk about making a difference. In a sense, though, it’s just as much about standing up to indifference. As lawyers, doing nothing about the lack of equal access to justice in our legal system for so many people in need is just not an option. We cannot stand silent or still on this issue. We must move forward.