Cherry Blossoms and Access to Justice: Your Foundation in D.C.

The CBF was proud to once again join the Illinois State Bar Association in leading a group of dedicated volunteers from Illinois who traveled to Washington D.C. to take part in the American Bar Association’s annual ABA Day in Washington.

Each year, Congress considers legislation and budget issues that impact access to justice, the court system, and the legal profession. That’s why it is vital that leaders in our legal community in Chicago, and across Illinois, engage with our members of Congress on important issues impacting access to justice for Illinois residents.

As we have in past years, we focused our efforts this year on two major access to justice issues: funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program as part of a comprehensive reform of the system of higher education financing and student debt.

This year we had another record-breaking group of volunteers, with more than 20 legal community leaders participating in meetings with our Illinois congressional delegation! Thanks to each and every one of those volunteers, and many others behind the scenes, we once again were able to connect with the entire Illinois Congressional delegation.

The response on both LSC funding and student debt reform was overwhelmingly positive from both sides of the aisle, underscoring that there continues to be broad bipartisan support for access to justice initiatives.

Want to get more involved? You can sign up for CBF advocacy alerts and updates by contacting Angela Inzano at or (312) 554-4952. To learn more about ABA Day or the CBF’s other advocacy work, you can also check out the advocacy section.