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December 16, 2019

2020 Resolution—Make Law Better by Looking Outside Law

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

One of the common traits of our legal profession is to view ourselves as unique in the world. And that is certainly true to an extent, as the practice of law involves specialized expertise and services that good lawyers are distinctively able to provide.

But we are […]

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December 16, 2019

JEP moveJEP Has All the Moves

We are excited to announce that the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project has officially moved its headquarters to 73 W. Monroe, Suite 100. After a wonderful 6-year run in the lofty, heavy timber office space just west of Union Station, the JEP is keeping it moving and getting closer to the action in the Loop. […]

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December 13, 2019

Lawyers in the Classroom

Looking to give back in the new year? The Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom program is seeking volunteers to visit second through eighth grade classrooms to help students to better understand the U.S. Constitution, our legal system, and law-related careers through a fun, interactive curriculum. Learn more at a training on […]

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November 22, 2019

Build It and They Might Not Come

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Since the days of yore, our courts and larger legal system
have centered around a “build it and they will come” model that requires people
to come to us on our terms. If you have a dispute, come downtown to the courthouse
and they’ll take care of it. And if […]

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November 19, 2019

Fourteenth Cohort of JEPers Kick Off 18-month Incubator Program

A few weeks ago, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed five fantastic attorneys into the program. The “Fab Five,” as they’ve come to be known, are excited to build the type of client-centric firms that embody the principles of the JEP, committed to providing affordable services to the underserved. The new JEPers will join over […]

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November 18, 2019

Kudos to Amanda Insalaco!

The CBF extends a hearty congratulations to Amanda Insalaco, our 2016 Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholar! Amanda, who graduated from DePaul College of Law last May, received a prestigious Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging for 2019-2020 hosted by the Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL), a CBF grantee.

The Borchard Fellowship will give Amanda […]

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November 16, 2019

Long-time CBF Leader Austin Hirsch Recognized by Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists this month honored one of our long-time CBF partners and leaders, Austin Hirsch, with a lifetime achievement award. The award recognizes individuals who make major contributions in the fields of journalism, science, advocacy, and art to create a healthier, safer planet.

Austin is a former CBF board member who remains an […]

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November 12, 2019

New CBA/CBF Task Force Aims to Lead Our Profession into the Future

The CBA and CBF earlier this month launched a new Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation with the interconnected goals of making legal services more affordable and accessible for the public and making the practice of law more innovative and sustainable for lawyers. Building on the CBA and CBF’s prior leadership on these issues and similar efforts in other jurisdictions, the Task Force will reimagine the way we regulate the business of law in Illinois and ultimately make recommendations to the Illinois Supreme Court to modernize the Rules of Professional Conduct to advance these goals. Learn more…

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October 28, 2019

Pro Bono Week 2019—Connecting with Communities

Last week, during the CBA/CBF’s 15th Annual Pro Bono Week, hundreds of lawyers and other legal professionals in Chicago came together to celebrate the important pro bono work being done in our community and to learn more about new opportunities to make an impact in the year ahead. Whether you were able to participate in one of the events or not, there are countless ways to get involved and make a difference, and the CBF is here to help.

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October 21, 2019

Ambitious New Strategic Plan to Guide Illinois Courts

The Illinois Supreme Court earlier this month formally released a comprehensive new Strategic Agenda for the Illinois Judicial Branch. The new plan, developed and approved by the Illinois Judicial Conference, sets a forward-looking agenda for the coming years with strong commitments to advancing access to justice and innovation among the centerpiece goals.

“The CBF commends […]

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