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November 17, 2017

New Edition of Premier Resource for Pro Bono Opportunities in the Chicago Area Now Available

The CBF recently released an updated version of our popular Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, a comprehensive resource designed to help attorneys find and connect with pro bono opportunities particularly suited to their interests, skills and schedules. The Guide identifies opportunities by legal subject area (e.g., adoption, eviction); type of representation (e.g., litigation, transactional); client group (e.g., children, elderly); time commitment and availability; and also by organization.

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November 1, 2017

Pro Bono Week 2017 – For the Sake of the Community

The CBA and CBF’s 13th Annual Pro Bono Week featured a number of successful programs and events that underscored this year’s theme, For the Sake of the Community.  Jan Feldman, Executive Director of the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and Trisha M. Rich, an attorney at Holland & Knight LLP, co-chaired this year’s Pro Bono Week that kicked off on October 23rd. Hundreds of lawyers and other legal professionals in Chicago came together to celebrate the important pro bono work being done in our community and to learn about additional opportunities to make an impact through pro bono in the year ahead.

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October 17, 2017

Highlights from the ABA Pro Bono Survey in Illinois

In early 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice—in partnership with the CBF, the Illinois Bar Foundation, and the Public Interest Law Initiative—released a statewide survey to hear directly from attorneys about their experiences with pro bono. The Pro Bono Survey Project is part of a national effort spearheaded by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to study broader pro bono trends across the country.

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October 16, 2017

A Ticket to a Successful and Fulfilling Legal Career

In the toolbox of strategies for making your legal career an accomplished and fulfilling one, there is one tool that is often overlooked and almost always underrated: pro bono. While pro bono should be an integral part of your practice for many fundamental reasons, an added bonus is that it also helps ensure long term success and satisfaction in your career.

So how can doing pro bono work help you advance your career and find fulfillment in our fast changing profession?

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October 12, 2017

The Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Reporting Rule and You

All Illinois lawyers can expect to receive their annual ARDC registration statements this month, which again will include questions about their pro bono work and related financial contributions over the past year pursuant to the pro bono reporting requirement adopted by the Supreme Court in 2006. If you haven’t taken a pro bono case or made a financial contribution yet this year, it’s not too late. There’s still time for you to get involved and contribute before you complete your registration, and below are some resources to help you do that.

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October 4, 2017

CBA Now Accepting Applications for New Limited Scope Referral Panel

Every year in Illinois, hundreds of thousands of people go to court without the help of an attorney. Nearly two-thirds of defendants are unrepresented, and for some types of cases, that number exceeds ninety percent. While some are “DIY litigants” who prefer to go it alone, the vast majority would rather have an attorney—they simply can’t find or can’t afford one.

The Chicago Bar Association’s new Limited Scope Referral Panel aims to fix that problem.

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September 28, 2017

People Remember How You Made Them Feel

Maya Angelou was the source of a lot of wisdom over the course of her amazing life and career, exemplified by one of her most famous quotes: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” These words should be a guiding principle for all of us connected to law and the legal profession as we strive to improve access to justice in an age of increasingly rapid technological change.

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September 21, 2017

Fighting Hate Crime in Illinois

Learn how you can represent victims of hate crimes on a pro bono basis at “Fighting Hate Crime in Illinois: An Overview of Criminal and Civil Remedies and Protections,” presented by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law at Kirkland & Ellis on October 18 from 3-5 pm. Two hours of CLE credit will be available.

Register

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September 14, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria—How to Help on the Legal Aid and Pro Bono Fronts

Post has been updated to include information relief for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria also.

As we continue to tackle our local access to justice challenges, we are also greatly concerned about the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The human toll is creating huge challenges for everyone, and there are lots of ways to contribute through the Red Cross, Salvation Army and others to help meet some of those immediate needs.

As the recovery process begins, many thousands of people are going to need legal help for storm-related issues as well.

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September 13, 2017

New Limited Scope Representation Toolkit a Great Resource for Lawyers to Expand Their Practice and Improve Access to Justice

A new Limited Scope Representation Toolkit released by the CBF and others is a practical resource for Illinois lawyers seeking to expand or add limited scope representation as one of their service offerings. A number of recent reports have shown there is a huge untapped demand for limited scope representation, and expanding the availability of these services can go a long way towards improving access to justice in our community.

The CBF and our Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) developed the toolkit in partnership with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice, The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, and The Chicago Bar Association. The resources in this toolkit—including rules, forms, checklists, and a sample engagement letter—are intended to assist attorneys in understanding the limited scope rules and using them in an ethical and effective manner to make their services more accessible and affordable for clients who might not otherwise be able to afford full representation.

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