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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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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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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A Macro-Legal-Economics Class We All Should Take

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

So yeah, I made up a new word here, but there is a method to the madness. If you ever took a class in economics, you may remember that microeconomics focuses on individual businesses and distinct areas of the market, while macroeconomics looks at the broader dynamics that drive […]

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2022 Resolution for the Legal Profession: The Bar Exam Must Go

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

As I started thinking about this 2022 resolution for the profession, it occurred to me that it could be the same as my 2021 Resolution: don’t let the hard-earned lessons of 2020 go to waste. We are still learning those lessons in 2021 as the pandemic appears to be […]

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Access to Justice—What Art Thou?

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Access to Justice is one of our most essential American values. As lawyers and judges, we are the trustees of ensuring everyone has it. And we are all are seeking it. But what is it, really?

I wrote about this a few years ago and reopened the door to the […]

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A Pro Bono Magical Musical Mystery Tour

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

If you have been to the CBA and CBF Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon in recent years, you know that we start with a song to help set a theme for that year’s event. To my knowledge, none were written with our legal profession in mind, but […]

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Banned Words for Access to Justice 2.0

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Those of us who care about access to justice use a lot of terms that do our cause no favors. These are words and phrases that either don’t mean anything to our target audience, don’t necessarily mean what we think, or inadvertently just turn people off.

A few years ago, […]

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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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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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