Gaining Hope and Healing Thanks to Legal Aid
A Heartfelt Thanks to Lisa Madigan and Her Team at the Office of the Attorney General
A Make or Break Issue for Access to Justice
Civil Rights Pro Bono Opportunities
Steeped in History But Forward-Looking: Making the Courts Work for Everyone
February 7, 2019
Each year, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) helps hundreds of domestic violence survivors break the cycle of domestic violence, helping survivors escape the isolation of abuse and regain control of their lives. Edith is one of the many survivors who show up at DVLC’s office every day seeking to keep themselves and their children safe.Tags: Investing in Justice Campaign | Legal Aid Organizations read more ...
February 1, 2019
Public officials at all levels of government play a critical
role in the
fight to ensure access to justice for all, and we have been
fortunate in Illinois to have a number of exemplary elected officials from both
sides of the aisle as partners.
Some officials really stand out for their leadership in the cause, and it is hard […]Tags: Advocacy read more ...
February 1, 2019
Whether an issue is a challenge or an opportunity is often simply a matter of perception. As Winston Churchill once put it, “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity, the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” Over the CBF’s first 70 years, we have taken pride in confronting challenges head on and converting them into opportunities, and that has led to a number of significant innovations and long-term improvements in access to justice.
But sometimes an issue really is both a challenge and an opportunity at the same time. There is one such issue for access to justice looking ahead, a central one where our legal community will need to lead the way in striking the right balance if we are to reach the ultimate goal of a legal system that is truly fair and accessible for all.Tags: CBF 70th Anniversary | Future of the Profession | Legal Technology | Self-Help Resources read more ...
January 28, 2019
Did you know that each month the CBF’s online pro bono guide features one spotlight opportunity? This month you can learn more about how you can help the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights combat housing discrimination in both a discreet clinic setting and through further representation in filing administrative complaints.
See More Civil Rights Opportunities […]Tags: Pro Bono | Volunteer read more ...
January 17, 2019
Courts are, by design, backward-looking institutions. Lawyers and judges rely on case law from bygone decades. Clerks hand out paper forms sprinkled with ancient Latin phrases. The black robes, the gavels, and the rituals are steeped in history and tradition.
By choice, however, courts can also be forward-looking institutions. A
foundational role in American society does […]
January 14, 2019
Over the CBF’s first 70 years, advocacy at the federal, state and local levels has been a central part of our overall efforts to improve access to justice and make the legal system more fair and accessible for all. It has been quite a ride and has made a real difference, growing each year and with each new challenge.
So, what’s next, and why is it going to be even more important going forward?Tags: Advocacy | CBF 70th Anniversary | Legal Aid Funding | Simplification | Student Debt Reform read more ...
December 28, 2018
It’s the end of the year, and while that has always been a period for reflection, this time we’re not just thinking back over the last year but the last 70. Since June, we’ve been digging through old photos, articles, and reports and uncovering some very interesting tidbits along the way. (Did you know the […]Tags: CBF 70th Anniversary read more ...
December 26, 2018
Over the course of our 70-year history, one of the CBF’s hallmarks has become community leadership in times of crisis and emerging issues for access to justice. The great recession of 2008, and the swelling numbers of homeowners facing foreclosure in the associated housing crisis, was a particularly important example.
Growing numbers of foreclosures had already […]Tags: CBF 70th Anniversary | Court Help Desks | Courts | Mortgage Foreclosure | Pro Se read more ...
December 21, 2018
Federal court may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of pro se litigants, but every year, hundreds of people without lawyers file cases in the Northern District of Illinois. The vast majority of those cases are filed by prisoners seeking relief from allegedly substandard conditions or poor treatment in […]Tags: CBF 70th Anniversary | Courts | Pro Bono read more ...
December 20, 2018
Lawyers often joke that they couldn’t afford themselves if they ran into a serious legal problem. While that is (usually) an exaggeration when a lawyer says it, it reflects a reality we all know to be true for most people in our community. It was not always like this, but somewhere along the way our profession managed to price the proverbial “regular guy” out of the market for most legal services.
As lawyers, we like to think of ourselves as problem solvers. This time the problem is us, and in 2019 we all need to make it a priority to solve it.Tags: Future of the Profession | JEP | Legal innovation | Technology read more ...