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April 22, 2022

court buildingThe Way Back to Springfield and Washington

It has been a busy Spring on the CBF advocacy front at both the state and federal levels, and we were thrilled to have leaders from the CBF again visit both Springfield and Washington over the past month for the first time since the pandemic started.

Working with our colleagues at the […]

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April 22, 2022

Innovation and Access to Justice—Part One

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Two questions for you to ponder at the start of this post:

  • What was the share of retail sales that happened online as we ended 2021?
  • How does that share compare to the pre-pandemic trend?

The answers follow below, and you may be wondering, what the heck does that have to do […]

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April 18, 2022

Investing in Justice: Giving People the Peace of Mind They Deserve

Teresa, an older adult from Chicago’s Southwest side, initially came to the Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) seeking assistance in obtaining guardianship of her adult son with autism. However, as she started the process with CDEL, she learned of the many other services she needed that the organization could provide her.

After successfully navigating […]

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March 24, 2022

A Message from Investing in Justice Campaign Chair Carrie Di Santo

Dear Colleagues:

As we witness the invasion of Ukraine unfold, it is easy to feel despair about the state of the world and feel powerless to change it, but we do have power here in Chicago to make a difference.

The Campaign gives us the opportunity to come together with our peers in the legal community and […]

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March 23, 2022

Jessica BednarzLearn What Value Means to Today’s Legal Consumers at The Future Is Now

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference returns virtually on Thursday, April 21 (Register here). The annual event attracts legal thought leaders from across the nation to discuss the trajectory of the legal profession and what attorneys need to know to keep up.

This year, the conference will explore […]

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March 22, 2022

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches and Toasters v. Typewriters and Toll Booth Operators

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Innovation. It’s what all the cool kids are talking about. It’s something the CBF is proud to be a longtime leader in on the access to justice front, and it’s something we could use a lot more of in our profession and in our justice system.

Thus, the title of […]

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March 22, 2022

court buildingIllinois Supreme Court Creates Remote Proceedings Task Force

The Illinois Supreme Court last week announced a new Remote Proceedings Task Force as part of the Illinois Judicial Conference. As Chief Justice Anne M. Burke noted in the Court’s announcement, “Remote proceedings are not the wave of the future, they are our present… Illinois Courts have a long history of increasing access to justice and responding […]

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March 14, 2022

jep logoJEP Seeks Entrepreneurial & Innovative Lawyers

Are you a lawyer interested in obtaining the skills and resources necessary to build an innovative and successful law practice targeting the middle market? Are you interested in making a positive impact on your community as a social entrepreneur? Do you value autonomy and wellbeing? If yes, then the JEP might be a good fit […]

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February 24, 2022

Regulating for the Real World

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Last fall, I got an email from an animal rescue charity our family supports that threw me for a loop. It apparently was National Make a Will Month–who knew?!–and they were promoting a free online tool where you can make a will on your own, presumably make provision for […]

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February 24, 2022

Carrie Di Santo of CME Group to Chair 2022 Investing in Justice Campaign

The CBF is excited to announce that Carrie Di Santo, Managing Director, Head of ERM & Global Chief Compliance Officer, CME Group and a longtime leader in this work, will lead the 16th annual Investing in Justice Campaign.

The Campaign is the CBF’s annual initiative that rallies Chicago’s entire legal community around our common cause of helping […]

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