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September 13, 2021

Welcome to the Newest Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows Cohort

Over ten years ago, the CBF pioneered Illinois JusticeCorps, an innovative program through which courthouse volunteers create a more welcoming and less intimidating environment for people without lawyers. Illinois JusticeCorps volunteers are college students and recent graduates who do this by effectively serving as docents for the court. They provide navigational assistance, referrals to legal […]

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August 25, 2021

Redeeming Justice: An Interview with Jarrett Adams about His New Book and An Inspiring Message for Our Legal Community

I first met Jarrett Jarrett Adams in 2012, when he applied for and received the CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship. But the traumatic and unsettling experience that drove him to pursue a legal career and do the amazing work he is doing today started much earlier.

Now a successful lawyer focused on helping others who have been wrongfully convicted, he has written a book coming out on September 14 about his experience. Redeeming Justice is a stirring memoir that appropriately features this teaser on the cover: “From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System.”

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August 17, 2021

jep logoJEP Receives Prestigious American Bar Association Award

The CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) was honored to be one of three programs to receive the 2021 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism at the ABA Annual meeting earlier this month. This is just the latest national recognition for the JEP since the CBF launched the program in […]

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August 10, 2021

2021 Investing in Justice Campaign Another Big Success

More than 4,000 lawyers and legal professionals came together to contribute $1.4 million in the 2021 Investing in Justice Campaign.  With the exemplary leadership of Gil Soffer, Chicago managing partner of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, 130 law firms, corporate legal departments, and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign to help raise awareness and much-needed […]

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August 2, 2021

Help Available for Both Landlords and Tenants as Eviction Moratoriums Expire

From left to right: Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves, and Carina Segalini from the office of Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.

As state and federal moratoriums on evictions are expiring, the free services offered through the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) […]

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July 29, 2021

I Can See Clearly Now

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

That Johnny Nash classic set the theme for this year’s CBA/CBF Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon, underscoring the widespread feeling of optimism coming out of the pandemic and being able to gather again in person to honor some unsung heroes of our profession.

We all could see clearly […]

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July 26, 2021

Welcome, Sang!

The CBF is excited to welcome our new Director of Development, Sang Yup Lee, who started with the CBF this month. Sang will lead the CBF’s overall development efforts, including individual, law firm, and corporate giving. He will also run the CBF’s annual Investing in Justice Campaign.

Sang most recently served as the Development Manager for […]

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July 23, 2021

A Small Step Towards Reopening Chicago, A Big Step for Honoring Unsung Heroes of our Profession

The 23rd Annual CBA/CBF Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 16th marked several important milestones for our community.

We were excited to be the first post-pandemic event at one of our City’s most venerable institutions, the Hilton Chicago, as an important step towards Chicago’s comeback.

We also were proud to […]

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July 22, 2021

New CBF Senior Manager of Advocacy & Programs Opportunity

Do you know someone looking for an opportunity to help take the CBF and access to justice to the next level? The CBF is in the market for a new Senior Manager of Advocacy & Programs. This position is responsible for supporting a number of programs related to court advocacy, legislative advocacy, and pro bono […]

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June 29, 2021

Skate Where the Puck is Going, Not Where It Has Been

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Those are the words of the legendary Wayne Gretzky, and they are a fitting way to wrap up my series for this year’s Resolution for the Legal Profession: to use the hard-earned lessons of 2020 to build a fairer and better profession and justice system for everyone.

After a long […]

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