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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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January 24, 2014

The Year in Pictures

CBF Report January 2014

The Chicago Bar Foundation in 2013

Last year, we set some ambitious goals at the CBF. Big projects, more grant funding, new solutions. We set our sights high because it’s all about reaching reaching beyond past successes, reaching to solve problems in a new way, reaching more people that need help. That wouldn’t get us very far though without a strong base of leadership and support behind our efforts. It’s because of your support of the CBF and the larger cause of equal access to justice that we’ve been able to achieve these ambitious goals over the last year.

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January 23, 2014

Chicago Tonight Spotlights CBF’s New Incubator Program

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project was featured on the January 23rd broadcast of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. Carol Marin interviewed CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves and JEP participant Katrice Hall, who discussed the goals of the program and how it is reinventing the traditional legal practice. Watch the video…

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January 21, 2014

Better Funding News for Legal Services Corporation and the Federal Courts

For the first time in years, the final budget agreement for 2014 that Congress just approved this week has some better news for both Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding and funding for the federal courts (including the federal defender), two priority issues on which the CBF focuses its advocacy efforts. Because Congress has already agreed on the top line numbers for next year’s budget, this funding should also have some stability through 2015, a relief amid all the cuts and uncertainty of the last three years.

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January 17, 2014

What Do You Get When You Mix A Lawyer With An Incubator?

A Chicago Grid article about the Justice Entrepreneurs Project focuses on some of the innovative new practice models like fixed fees and a la carte services that the program participants are using to build sustainable practices. JEP lawyers Conor Malloy and Trevor Clarke are featured. Read the article here.

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January 13, 2014

Training New Lawyers to Start Affordable Law Firms

A January 13th Bloomberg Businessweek article about the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) describes how the new CBF project is translating the tech incubator concept for the legal community. JEP participant Nora Endzel is featured. Read the full article here.

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January 8, 2014

Patrick Fitzgerald to Chair the 2014 CBF Investing in Justice Campaign

Patrick Fitzgerald, a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, will lead the CBF’s 8th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign, which kicks off March 3rd and runs throughout the month.

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January 7, 2014

Four Firms and Companies Team Up to Make Major Gift to Advance Access to Justice

For the fifth year in a row, four firms and companies came together to make a $100,000 gift to the CBF. Pierce & Associates, Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Law Bulletin Publishing Company and Codilis & Associates each contributed $25,000 again this year.

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