From Chicago to Capitol Hill: Advocating for Access to Justice

Earlier this month, leaders from the CBF, the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), and American Bar Association (ABA) once again traveled to our nation’s Capitol as part of the annual ABA Day in Washington to discuss several key access to justice issues with our Illinois congressional delegation.  

The CBF and our partner organizations continue to advocate robust funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which provides critical funding for legal aid in Illinois and throughout the country. LSC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of supporting this vital work.

We continue to champion a permanent, comprehensive, and equitable solution to address the student debt crisis, a major priority of the CBF advocacy efforts because of its unique impact on access to justice. Student debt continues to deter those from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds from pursuing legal careers in legal aid and public service, or community-focused law practices.

The CBF also continues to advocate for adequate funding for the federal courts and for other efforts to counter the surge in threats against our judiciary in both the state and federal courts throughout the country, including support for the bipartisan Countering Threats and Attacks on Our Judges Act.

Lastly, we also joined with the ABA to support the Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act, which will protect attorney-client privilege for email communications with clients incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

For those interested in learning more about the CBF’s advocacy initiatives or getting involved, please visit the CBF website or reach out to Roya Samarghandi, Associate Director of Advocacy, Innovation & Training, at rsamarghandi@chicagobarfoundation.org.