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.

The award recipients represent a broad cross-section of Chicago’s legal community and share an unfaltering commitment to advancing justice and inspiring those around them to join the cause.

JEP LaunchCBF Unveils Innovative West Loop Incubator

November 15, 2013
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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.

NITA Training - October 2013More than 50 Legal Aid Advocates Get Complimentary, Top-Notch Trial Skills Training For Free Through Innovative Partnership

October 11, 2013
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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. On Monday, sixteen experienced legal aid trial attorneys completed a two-day teacher training program where they learned the NITA methodology so that they ultimately will become NITA certified instructors. These attorneys then have been teaching alongside experienced NITA instructors during a three-day Advocacy Skills Program, where forty legal aid lawyers have the opportunity to hone their trial advocacy skills. Thanks to Skadden, these programs are taking place in state of the art facilities.

Enabling Dedicated Advocates to Pursue and Remain in Legal Aid Careers

September 20, 2013
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The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) presented the 2013 CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowships to five legal aid attorneys and the 2013 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship to a current law student who plans to pursue a career in public service. By providing key financial assistance, these programs make it possible for committed attorneys to maintain careers in legal aid amidst significant financial challenges and, in doing so, help ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community have access to the protections of our justice system.

Pro Bono and Public Service Heroes Honored at 15th Annual CBA/CBF Awards Luncheon

July 17, 2013
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Many unsung heroes in Chicago’s legal community devote countless hours fighting for the low-income and disadvantaged people who most need the protections of the justice system. Seven exceptionally dedicated attorneys were recognized and celebrated for their outstanding work at The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation 15th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 16, 2013.

Seventh Annual CBF Investing in Justice Campaign Sets New Records Across the Board

May 22, 2013
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Chicago, IL – The 2013 Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Investing in Justice Campaign set new records across the board while raising much-needed funds for pro bono and legal aid services in the Chicago area. 137 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign—a 15% increase from 2012—and more than 4,000 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.8 million, an almost 20% increase from last year.