photo 2Learning a Better Way to Teach

August 13, 2014
news category: News

Seventeen legal aid attorneys recently participated in an interactive two-day program on designing and delivering effective trainings offered by the CBF Legal Aid Academy. David Cruickshank from Edge International, an expert in legal skills education, presented the program, generously hosted by Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Read more…


IMG_0928Your Support of the CBF Helps Thousands of Young Chicagoans Get DACA Protection

August 13, 2014
news category: News

Since President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June 2012, the CBF has played a lead role in mobilizing the local grantmaking community to provide special funding that already has helped thousands of young people in the Chicago area obtain protection under DACA. Read more…


Cover_JuneJulyChicago’s Legal Community Honors Pro Bono and Public Service Heroes

August 12, 2014
news category: News

CBF Report July/August 2014

CBA/CBF 16th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon

By Angelika Labno |  CBF Administrative & Communications Coordinator

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 the Chicago legal community. Luncheon co-chairs V. Alexandra Darrow of ADP, Inc. and President of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chicago Chapter, and James A. Morsch of Butler Rubin Saltarelli&Boyd LLP presented the awards in front of more than 700 members of the Chicago legal community at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago. Read more…


A Fair and Responsible Response to the Recent Influx of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

August 5, 2014
news category: Homepage News

At its core, the recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border is a humanitarian issue and should be addressed with that recognition. By putting aside political posturing and focusing on the real problems driving this crisis, we can resolve the issue fairly and effectively–and without unnecessarily putting these children at risk of further harm. Read more…


Cabrini Green Legal Aid Intake Training

August 4, 2014
news category: Pro Bono Opportunity Spotlight

Would you like to help low-income clients with criminal defense, housing, family and criminal records (healthcare waiver, certificate of good conduct, and certificate of eligibility for sealing) cases? Cabrini Green Legal Aid provides both criminal and civil legal services integrated with social work support to individuals facing barriers stemming from an encounter with the criminal justice system. Volunteers are needed to conduct intake with potential clients on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings, with a corresponding mandatory intake meeting on Thursday afternoons, lasting 1.5 hours. Read more…


SONY DSCThe Municipal Court Advice Desk

August 1, 2014
news category: Investing in Justice Campaign in Action

One of the most impactful programs donors to the Investing in Justice Campaign are making possible is the Municipal Court Advice Desk in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Municipal Desk operates on an annual budget of approximately $300,000, half of which comes from Investing in Justice Campaign donors and the other half of which is matched by Cook County through a contract with the CBF that was just renewed by the County Board for three more years. Read more…


SONY DSCJustice Entrepreneurs Project Accepting Applications for Participants

July 29, 2014
news category: News

The JEP is seeking entrepreneurial and public interest-minded recent law graduates for its next class of lawyers. JEP participants will create law practices serving low and moderate-income clients. Applications are due September 2, 2014. Learn more about applying or about the JEP.


BR1_1538CBF Welcomes New President and Board Members

July 23, 2014
news category: Homepage News

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
news category: Homepage Press Releases

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
news category: News

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…