Trevor Clarke joined the CBF as Director of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) in September 2015. Trevor is responsible for leading and overseeing all activities of the JEP, a groundbreaking incubator for newer lawyers to start their own socially conscious law firms. The goal is to expand legal services to low and moderate income people by developing innovative new models through which lawyers in solo or small practices can sustainably serve these clients.
Before joining the CBF, Trevor was one of the first graduates of the JEP program and started his own law office counseling small business and nonprofits, an area of law he developed through pro bono work at the Community Law Project at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Prior to his legal career, Trevor worked as a research technologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg Cardiovascular Institute, and as an ESL teacher at the Orden Bunka Center in Japan.
Trevor earned his law degree from DePaul University College of Law, summa cum laude, and received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Michigan. While at DePaul, he was a legal extern in the Office of the General Counsel at the MacArthur Foundation, a Sullivan Human Rights in the Americas Fellow, and a Fellow at the National Commission against Biopiracy in Lima, Peru. As a member of the community, Trevor is an active volunteer with a host of nonprofit organizations, including the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Aikido Club, and Working Bikes. At Working Bikes, Trevor is a board member, Corporate Secretary, General Counsel, and a volunteer bicycle mechanic. He also volunteers as a Foreclosure Mediation Advocate at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.
Trevor is mildly addicted to the smell of freshly baked bread, which often fills his kitchen.