Investing in Justice Campaign
The collective effort and generosity of Chicago’s legal community made this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign another resounding success. 153 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign. Thanks to the leadership of 2018 Campaign Chair Rebecca Eisner, partner-in-charge of the Chicago office of Mayer Brown, the Campaign Leadership Team, countless volunteers, and the thousands of individuals who contributed, the CBF’s 12th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign set new records in individual contributions. More than 5,200 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.55 million, both the highest amounts in the Campaign’s 12-year history.
This year’s Campaign made possible nearly $2.3 million in grants and support for the work of more than 30 pro bono and legal aid organizations and related initiatives. Thanks to a number of generous matching contributions from participating firms and companies, the CBF is able to dedicate 100% of individual contributions to the Campaign towards this support and to leverage nearly $700,000 in additional funding from CBF foundation and government partners.
The success of this year’s Campaign will make it possible for tens of thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people to receive often critical legal assistance. The Campaign funds a continuum of legal services for low and middle-income people in need, ranging from web-based resources, help desks, and legal aid hotlines to market-based solutions, extended legal representation, and large-scale impact litigation and advocacy.
Justice People Deserve Not Just What They Can Afford
Over twelve years, our legal community collectively has contributed more than $16 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 people in need.
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.
While the 2018 Campaign has come to a close, it’s never too late to contribute.