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…... read more
Justice Entrepreneurs Project will help new lawyers launch practices serving low and moderate income clients
Chicago’s growing reputation as a hub for innovation once again was on display today as The Chicago Bar Foundation formally unveiled Chicago’s newest incubator in the West Loop, the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP). Through this CBF program, a group of talented and entrepreneurial new lawyers will have the opportunity to launch solo and small firm practices that provide affordable legal services to low and moderate income Chicagoans.... read more
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.... read more
The CBF and CBA co-sponsored the 9th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 21-25. Patricia Brown Holmes of Schiff Hardin LLP and Gretchen Slusser of Cabrini Green Legal Aid co-chaired this year’s Pro Bono Week, which was themed “Do Something Great.” The week kicked off on Monday with a special video message from then-Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride.... read more
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
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.... read more
Games are popular. They always have been, but now board games, online games, party games and televised games of all sorts have really taken off. Just like pro bono.... read more
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
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 [...]... read more
More than 50 Legal Aid Advocates Get Complimentary, Top-Notch Trial Skills Training For Free Through Innovative Partnership
Dozens of legal aid advocates from throughout the Chicago area are participating in an acclaimed NITA (National Institute of Trial Advocacy) trial skills training this week thanks to an inventive partnership of NITA, The Chicago Bar Foundation, and the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
There are two components to the training. [...]... read more
IN THIS ISSUE
- CBF Awards Fellowships and Scholarship, Enabling Dedicated Advocates to Pursue and Remain in Legal Aid Careers
- CBF Welcomes New Board Members and President
- Hollis Hanover and Lucas Wright Join CBF Staff
- CBF President Bill Conlon Receives the Justice John Paul Stevens Award
- Read Our Latest Article in the CBA Record
- Casino Legale Attracts a Crowd
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