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

If there were ever a time for us to ask the question “if not us, who?” that time is now. More than ever, we really need to step up for our community’s pro bono and legal aid organizations and the people who depend on them. This is our responsibility as lawyers and legal professionals, and our leadership and generous support is going to be particularly critical.

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.

For more information, contact Elena Dennis at edennis@chicagobarfoundation.org or 312.554.8303.