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January 18, 2022

CBF Pricing Toolkit 2.0 Provides a Framework for Attorneys to Increase Access to Legal Help for Everyday People

One of the biggest barriers everyday people and small businesses face when trying to find a lawyer is they have no idea what it will cost and whether it is a good value for them. That is because most of the consumer legal market still revolves around the billable hour. The new version of the […]

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December 17, 2021

Congratulations, Samoane!

We are excited to share that Samoane Williams has recently been promoted to Senior Manager of Training and the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP)! The JEP is the CBF’s legal incubator program empowering lawyers to lead socially conscious law practices and innovative businesses that offer valuable, cost-effective legal services and products to consumers of all incomes.

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December 17, 2021

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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December 17, 2021

Your Foundation at Work in 2021

Building a Fairer and Better Justice System, Together

You continue to make a tremendous impact through your partnership with the CBF by coming together with your peers throughout our legal community to strengthen the pro bono and legal aid system and develop innovative new solutions to advance access to justice. Following are just a few examples […]

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December 17, 2021

Statewide Racial Justice Training for Illinois Legal Aid Leaders

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year and our overdue reckoning with racial injustice, several legal aid leaders helped develop a collaborative racial justice training for our larger legal aid community through the Shiver Center.

Thanks to your support, the CBF is cosponsoring this comprehensive Racial Justice Training for Illinois Legal Aid Leaders with […]

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December 16, 2021

New CBF Manager of Programs & Advocacy Featured in ABA Journal

The ABA Journal highlighted new CBF Manager of Programs & Advocacy, August Hieber’s, previous work with older LGBT adults.

“Taking care of a community’s elders is a testament to the resilience of a community.”

Read the article…

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November 29, 2021

samira nazemThank You Samira and Congrats Cortney!

October brought the bittersweet news that our Associate Director of Advocacy & Programs, Samira Nazem, would be leaving us at the end of the month to become a Principal Court Management Consultant with the National Center on State Courts (NCSC). Samira will be joining another esteemed CBF staff alum, Danielle Hirsch, at the NCSC.

Since joining […]

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November 29, 2021

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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November 23, 2021

court buildingNew Report Shows Strong Public Support for Remote Court Hearings

A new report from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) finds strong public support for courts to continue conducting hearings remotely. Many survey participants expressed support for remote access because it makes it easier for them to participate in court matters by eliminating barriers to making it to the courthouse itself. Specifically, large numbers […]

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October 20, 2021

Welcome, August!

The CBF is excited to welcome our new Manager of Advocacy & Programs, August Hieber, who started with the CBF this month. August is responsible for supporting the CBF’s court advocacy, legislative advocacy, and pro bono programs.

August comes to the CBF after completing an Equal Justice Works fellowship at CDEL where they designed Proud to […]

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