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November 22, 2022

‘Tis the Season for a Lot of Bad Advice on Charitable Giving. There is a Better Way.

The holiday season officially is upon us, and with it comes many traditions we look forward to this time every year. The spirit of giving is certainly one of them.

Unfortunately, another thing we can expect to see this time of year is terrible advice on charitable giving from so-called experts who will tell you to […]

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November 21, 2022

Thanks for Making this Year’s Fall Benefit a Fantastic Success!

Thank you to everyone who made the 26th Annual Fall Benefit at the Museum of Science & Industry a huge success! Nearly 2,000 people from throughout Chicago’s legal community came together on Saturday, November 19 to support and celebrate the CBF’s mission.

A special thanks to this year’s Co-Chairs Lynette Lupia of AbbVie, Inc. and Matthew […]

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November 18, 2022

Illinois Judicial Conference Adopts Ambitious New Strategic Agenda for Judicial Branch

The Illinois Judicial Conference recently adopted a new strategic agenda for the Judicial Branch that starts with a first priority of ensuring accessible justice and equal protection under the law.

Building off its initial strategic agenda for 2019-2022, which Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis fittingly notes started the transformation of the Illinois Courts, the new agenda sets an ambitious course […]

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November 15, 2022

court buildingCongrats to the Commission on Access to Justice on its 10-Year Anniversary!

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice formally celebrated its ten-year anniversary last month.

The CBF was proud to play an integral role in the formation and launch of the Commission ten years ago, and continues to partner closely with the Commission on a variety of fronts to make the courts more fair and […]

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November 15, 2022

CBF President Greg Boyle Recognized in Crain’s 2022 Notable Nonprofit Leaders

The CBF congratulates our colleague Greg Boyle, a Partner at Jenner & Block and this year’s CBF Board President, for his recognition as one of Crain’s 2022 Notable Nonprofit Leaders.

Greg has been a longtime leader in the CBF and the larger cause of access to justice for many years before stepping into the role of […]

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November 11, 2022

Congratulations to Our Newest JEP Grads!

Last week the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project celebrated the graduation of the June 2021 JEP cohort, the seventeenth cohort of participants to complete the 18-month program. This year’s graduates include Lee Ayers, Daniel Bruce, Amanda Carey, Daniel Johnson, and Aaron Korson. All five lawyers have built socially conscious law firms and innovative businesses that offer […]

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October 31, 2022

2022 Pro Bono Week a Big Success, and There are Many Ways You Can Get Involved Right Now!

Hundreds of lawyers, law students, and legal professionals came together during the 18th Annual CBA/CBF Pro Bono Week to celebrate the important pro bono work being done in our community and to learn more about new opportunities to make an impact in the months ahead. Whether you were able to participate in one of the […]

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October 19, 2022

How to be Perfect—the Lawyer Version

The genesis for the tongue-in-cheek headline for this post is a great book I read earlier in the year by Michael Schur, who was the creator of the television series The Good Place. In the book, How to Be Perfect, Schur takes a tour of the various philosophical schools of thought for how we can be […]

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October 18, 2022

CBF Legal Aid Academy Continues to Provide Top-Notch Training for Dedicated Advocates

Chicago is fortunate to have scores of outstanding lawyers working in legal aid and providing top-notch representation to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. However, these lawyers often face challenges in accessing the training and professional development necessary for them to grow and thrive in their careers, and that is where the […]

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October 17, 2022

Our Supreme Thanks and Congrats

It is an exciting time for our Illinois Supreme Court as Chief Justice Anne Burke completes her term and soon thereafter will retire after a distinguished career on the bench, Justice Mary Jane Theis becomes our new Chief Justice next week, and Justice Joy Cunningham will soon become the newest member of the Supreme Court.

We […]

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