Investing in Justice Campaign

The CBF’s 11th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign officially kicked off the week of March 6th under the leadership of Campaign Chair Jesse H. Ruiz, Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

The Investing in Justice Campaign is an annual campaign where the entire legal community comes together around our common cause as a legal profession—helping to ensure that everyone has access to necessary legal help, not just those who can afford it. Thousands of individual lawyers and legal professionals at more than 150 Chicago-area law firms, corporate legal departments, companies, and other law-related organizations participate in the Campaign.

100% of individual contributions to the Campaign goes directly towards CBF grants to more than 30 pro bono and legal aid organizations and enable them to provide critical legal assistance to tens of thousands of people in need.

Contributions help:

  • Strengthen Chicago’s pro bono and legal aid organizations
  • Enable dedicated lawyers to pursue and remain in careers in legal aid
  • Maximize opportunities for pro bono lawyers to effectively supplement the work of their legal aid counterparts
  • Make the courts more user-friendly and accessible for people in need

Justice People Deserve Not Just What They Can Afford

Over the past ten years, our legal community collectively has contributed more than $13 million through the Campaign. Those receiving services made possible by the Campaign include the elderly, disabled individuals, veterans, children, domestic violence victims, people at risk of losing their homes, immigrants fleeing persecution and abuse, and many other low-income and disadvantaged people in the Chicago area in need of legal assistance.

Thanks to the legal community’s generosity and the ongoing success of the Campaign, tens of thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people have been able to get necessary legal assistance, and the justice system continues to work better for everyone. Together, we are making our community a fairer and better place for all of us.

Law firms, corporations and other law-related organizations from throughout Chicago’s legal community can participate in the 2017 Campaign. Learn more in this overview or by contacting Ryanne Easley at or (312) 554-1205.