The collective effort and generosity of Chicago’s legal community made this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign another resounding success. 151 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign. Thanks to the leadership of 2020 Campaign Chair Sean Berkowitz of Latham & Watkins, the Campaign Leadership Team, countless volunteers, and the thousands of individuals who contributed, the CBF’s 14th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign made a huge collective impact despite the unprecedented circumstances we’ve all faced during the ongoing pandemic. More than 4,200 individual attorneys and legal professionals joined together to contribute more than $1.3 million with donations still coming in.
This year’s Campaign will make possible more than $2 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 Campaign contributions toward this support and to leverage more than $700,000 in additional funding from CBF foundation and government partners.
Sean M. Berkowitz
Chair, 2020 Investing in Justice Campaign
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Since its inception in 2007, the Campaign has raised more than $18.5 million – and leveraged millions more – to fund 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.