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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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June 28, 2021

Thank you and Good Luck, Angela!

June brought the bittersweet news that our Director of Advocacy & Engagement, Angela Inzano, will be leaving us at the end of the month. 

In her nearly six-year tenure with the CBF, Angela has been the point person for the CBF’s legislative and policy advocacy work. One of the many issues she has played a key role in […]

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June 15, 2021

court buildingA Roadmap to a More Efficient and Accessible New Normal for the Courts

The CBF/Circuit Court Pro Se Advisory Committee recently submitted detailed recommendations to facilitate the permanent use of remote court appearances to improve efficiency and access in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Remote access has proven to be a game changer for improving access to justice during the pandemic, a point underscored by Illinois Supreme Court […]

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June 8, 2021

jep logoMuch to Celebrate at the JEP

It has been an exciting month over at the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project as we celebrated the graduation of its 14th cohort of participants and welcomed our 17th cohort of participants. We are excited to welcome four enthusiastic attorneys into the JEP family, and we are proud of our newly minted alumni […]

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May 19, 2021

The Intersection of Access to Justice and Racial Justice

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Over the past few months, I have been fleshing out my 2021 Resolution for the Legal Profession with lessons from the wild year that was 2020 and how that experience can make for a fairer and better future for our profession and justice system well into the future. For […]

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May 18, 2021

CBF Featured in Global Legal Post

The Global Legal Post highlighted the international relevance of the CBF’s work this month, interviewing CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves and discussing how the CBF’s mission is more important than ever today. 

“We have an opportunity to make law better and we have no time to waste.”

Read the article…

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May 15, 2021

samira nazemCongrats Samira!

Congratulations to Samira Nazem, CBF Associate Director of Advocacy & Programs, on being selected as the Award Recipient for the “Excellence in Community and Public Services Award” by the Clerk’s Office Asian/Pacific American Heritage Committee as part of the Clerk’s Office’s 2021 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration. 

Samira works closely with the Circuit Court and the Clerk’s […]

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May 14, 2021

CBF Takes a Virtual Trip to Washington to Advocate for Access to Justice

Each spring, the CBF works with leaders from the CBA, Illinois State Bar Association, and American Bar Association to meet with our Illinois congressional delegation and their hardworking staff to discuss important access to justice issues that require federal solutions.

Until last year, these meetings have always been held in person in Washington, but pandemic restrictions […]

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May 8, 2021

Unbundling Legal Services: A Win-Win-Win for Lawyers, Courts, and the Public

The CBF was one of the lead partners in the national Unbundled Legal Services in the New Normal conference last month, a virtual gathering that attracted hundreds of attendees and yielded some great resources for lawyers and other stakeholders.

The other lead partners in the conference were the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal […]

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