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April 11, 2014

CBF Works to Sway Hearts and Minds in Washington

Earlier this week, attorneys and staff members representing the CBA and CBF, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in ABA Day, the ABA’s annual advocacy event in Washington. Each year, Congress considers legislation that impacts access to justice, the justice system and the legal profession.

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March 17, 2014

The 2014 Investing in Justice Campaign

CBF Report February/March 2014

Justice People Deserve, Not Just What They Can Afford

The 8th annual CBF Investing in Justice Campaign kicks off this month, and once again thousands of individual attorneys and legal professionals from throughout the legal community are coming together around our common cause as a profession: taking a lead role to ensure that everyone has access to justice, not just people who can afford to pay for necessary legal help. Over the past seven years, the Campaign has grown from the ambitious vision of a few dedicated individuals to a broad-based effort that has now raised a total of more than $8.5 million for the cause. Last year, more than 4,000 individuals at 137 participating firms, companies and organizations (including the CBA) made it possible for tens of thousands of people to obtain vital legal assistance that is often critical to their safety and independence. While we should take pride in the Campaign’s past success, the need in our community is still great, and we have proven that through the Campaign we can make a big impact in meeting this need.

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March 10, 2014

Justice Entrepreneurs Project and Nora Endzel Featured in Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation

Blue Sky Innovation, the Chicago Tribune’s new site for news related to innovation and entrepreneurship, featured the Justice Entrepreneurs Project and JEP participant Nora Endzel in a recent video. Nora talks about how JEP lawyers are embracing a new kind of legal practice, through innovative pricing models, collaboration and technology. Watch the video…

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March 6, 2014

8th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign Kicks Off with Patrick Fitzgerald at the Helm

A new record of 146 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations already are participating in the 2014 Investing in Justice Campaign, which raises awareness and much-needed funds for pro bono and legal aid services in the Chicago area.

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March 5, 2014

Justice Entrepreneurs Project Featured at ABA Midyear Meeting

The CBF’s new incubator program, the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP), was featured in many different ways at the February American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Chicago. Terri Mascherin, chair of the JEP steering committee, offered her insights at a forum hosted by the ABA Legal Access Job Corps Task Force, which promotes innovative programs that connect new lawyers with underserved populations in need of legal services.

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March 4, 2014

Recent Cy Pres Awards Support Continued Innovation in Access to Courts

Cy pres awards have made possible a number of successful court-based projects and other innovative initiatives over the past several years by providing the seed funding and enabling the CBF to provide ongoing support for these efforts. As one notable example, these awards have made it possible for the CBF to launch and help provide the ongoing funding for a growing network of advice desks in the state and federal courts.

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February 20, 2014

Legal Aid Attorneys Share their Significant Cases, Policy Changes and Issues of 2013

On February 13th, members of the Chicago legal aid community gathered at the Chicago Bar Association for its monthly Legal Aid Committee meeting. But this was no regular meeting this was the annual forum to share and celebrate the successes of 2013 and learn about the important work their peers are doing.

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February 18, 2014

TCR Talks: Filling the justice gap

The Chicago Reporter
By Charlotte Lait

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The downturn in the economy spurred a litany of legal issues for those caught in its grasp. As a result, requests for legal aid and the percentage of self-represented cases has skyrocketed.

Legal aid organizations offer free services to clients who fall under an income threshold. According […]

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February 13, 2014

Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program Renewed for Three More Years

The Cook County Board recently approved a three-year extension for the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program. The CBF and other partner organizations worked with the Circuit Court to develop and launch this innovative program in the Spring of 2010 to help homeowners resolve their foreclosure cases in the most fair and effective manner possible.

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February 7, 2014

CBA Young Lawyers Section Hosts Another Successful Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament to Benefit the CBF

The CBF would like to thank the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (CBA YLS) for organizing and hosting another fun and successful Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, the proceeds of which benefited the CBF. On Friday, January 31st, attorneys and other professionals from the Chicago legal community came together once again at the Standard Club for the YLS 8th annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament.

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