BR1_1538CBF Welcomes New President and Board Members

July 23, 2014
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Jesse Ruiz, a Partner at Drinker, Biddle & Reath and a leader in Chicago’s legal community, took the helm as the 2014-2015 CBF Board President at the CBF’s July board meeting. A member of the board since 2009, Jesse becomes the 33rd President in the CBF’s history and takes over at an exciting time for the CBF. Read more…


DSC_6513Pro Bono and Public Service Heroes Honored

July 17, 2014
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Some of the most influential work done by Chicago’s legal community flies under the radar. The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 16th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 15, 2014 highlighted some of that important work, honoring seven truly exemplary lawyers in our community before more than 700 attendees at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago. Read more…


alan mills and belinda belcherCBF Mourns the Passing of Belinda Belcher, Long-serving Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center

July 16, 2014
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The CBF was saddened to learn of the recent death of Belinda Belcher, who served as Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center for 22 years up until the time of her death. Belinda dedicated her life to the Law Center and fought hard to give a voice to the voiceless in our legal system. Read more…


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…


IMG_12852014 Investing in Justice Campaign Sets Records Across the Board

July 9, 2014
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The collective effort and generosity of Chicago’s legal community made this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign another resounding and record-breaking success. 146 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign, and more than 4,300 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.3 million, all record amounts. Read more…


The Circuirt Court Resource Center gets ready to begin the day and soon will be packed with people.“What can we help you with today?”

June 27, 2014
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This is the phrase heard over and over in the concourse level of the Daley Center as court patrons visit the new Circuit Court of Cook County Resource Center for People without Lawyers. The Center is a major milestone in the longer-term effort to make the court system more user-friendly and accessible for people without lawyers, a key goal of both the CBF and the Circuit Court. Read more…


Sun-Times RecipientsApplication Available for the 2014 Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship

June 17, 2014
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The CBF currently is accepting applications for the Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship, which provides significant loan repayment assistance to outstanding recent law school graduates who have chosen to pursue careers in legal aid or public interest law. The CBF awards five annual fellowships of up to $50,000 each. Applications are due Monday, July 21. Learn more…


2013 Luncheon RubinowitzHelp Us Honor Some Exceptional Attorneys on July 15

June 16, 2014
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Join us for the Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, July 15 at the Fairmont Hotel. The awards presented recognize several of our profession’s unsung heroes from a broad cross-section of the legal community and their dedication to pro bono and public service. Learn more or buy tickets…


JEPNine New JEP Participants Begin, Bringing Program to Full Capacity

June 2, 2014
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The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) recently started its third class of participants, bringing the program to capacity with a total of 29 participating lawyers. Chosen through a competitive selection process and hailing from seven different law schools, the new participants are: Anthony Abou Ezzi, Mark Almanza, Rachel Boehm, Cindy Campbell, Sivonnia Debarros, Stacey Dembo, Esther Lee, Paul Lytle and James Plucinsky. Read more…


Mikva Civics FairVolunteers Take a Turn as Judge

May 30, 2014
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Four CBF Young Professionals Board and CBA Young Lawyers Section members recently served as judges at the 12th Annual Mikva Challenge Action Civics Fair, which took place at the Chicago Cultural Center on May 28. The Action Civics Fair is a culminating celebration of the civic activism projects that Mikva youth throughout Chicago have been working on all year. Read more…