Jeanne Doran AwardJeanne Doran, Chair of the CBF Partner Leadership Circle, Receives Prestigious Award

April 14, 2014
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Jeanne Doran is a dedicated CBF volunteer, chair of the CBF Partner Leadership Circle, an outstanding Client Manager at LexisNexis, and an all-around great person. That’s why it was so wonderful to see her recently recognized with the Shelly R. Miller Memorial Award for Outstanding Customer Focus and Personal Commitment, an award given annually at the LexisNexis National Meeting attended by 1,200 sales representatives. Read more…


Outside Supreme CourtCBF Works to Sway Hearts and Minds in Washington

April 11, 2014
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Earlier this week, attorneys and staff members representing the CBA and CBF, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in ABA Day, the ABA’s annual advocacy event in Washington. Each year, Congress considers legislation that impacts access to justice, the justice system and the legal profession. Read more…


Kimball & Karen Anderson - small2014 Anderson Fellowship Applications Available

April 9, 2014
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The CBF is now accepting applications for the 2014 Kimball R. Anderson & Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship. The fellowships provide loan repayment assistance for outstanding recent law school graduates who are either presently working or who have accepted an offer to work for CBF-funded public interest law organizations. Each year, the CBF currently awards one $50,000 fellowship (payable over 5 years) to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to public interest work, academic achievement in law school, and outstanding character and integrity.

Submissions are due Friday, May 9th. Find out how to apply…


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…


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…


2014 Campaign Kickoff8th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign Kicks Off with Patrick Fitzgerald at the Helm

March 6, 2014
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A new record of 146 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations already are participating in the 2014 Investing in Justice Campaign, which raises awareness and much-needed funds for pro bono and legal aid services in the Chicago area. Read more…


Terri Mascherin at JEP OpeningJustice Entrepreneurs Project Featured at ABA Midyear Meeting

March 5, 2014
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The CBF’s new incubator program, the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP), was featured in many different ways at the February American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Chicago. Terri Mascherin, chair of the JEP steering committee, offered her insights at a forum hosted by the ABA Legal Access Job Corps Task Force, which promotes innovative programs that connect new lawyers with underserved populations in need of legal services. Read more…


Recent Cy Pres Awards Support Continued Innovation in Access to Courts

March 4, 2014
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Cy pres awards have made possible a number of successful court-based projects and other innovative initiatives over the past several years by providing the seed funding and enabling the CBF to provide ongoing support for these efforts. As one notable example, these awards have made it possible for the CBF to launch and help provide the ongoing funding for a growing network of advice desks in the state and federal courts. Read more…


amuse-boucheSave the Date for Passport to Chicago, a New CBF Event on May 16

March 3, 2014
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The CBF’s new event, Passport to Chicago, will highlight the rich culture and cuisines of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods while supporting a great cause. This inaugural event will take place on May 16th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Kendall College, 900 N. Branch Street, in Chicago. Guests will enjoy tastings representing different Chicago neighborhoods to be conceived and prepared by members of the Kendall College Competition Club. Guests will vote for their favorite chef, and the winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Guests will also have the opportunity to quench their thirst from an appealing selection of local beers, regional wines, and hometown spirits.


2013-LAC-HighlightsLegal Aid Attorneys Share their Significant Cases, Policy Changes and Issues of 2013

February 20, 2014
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On February 13th, members of the Chicago legal aid community gathered at the Chicago Bar Association for its monthly Legal Aid Committee meeting. But this was no regular meeting—this was the annual forum to share and celebrate the successes of 2013 and learn about the important work their peers are doing. Read more…