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January 24, 2014
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.Tags: CBA Record read more ...
January 23, 2014
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…Tags: CBF in the News | JEP read more ...
January 21, 2014
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.Tags: Advocacy | Legal Aid Funding | LSC read more ...
January 17, 2014
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.Tags: CBF in the News | JEP read more ...
January 13, 2014
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.Tags: CBF in the News | JEP read more ...
January 8, 2014
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.Tags: Investing in Justice Campaign read more ...
January 7, 2014
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.Tags: CBF Supporters | JEP read more ...
November 21, 2013
CBF Report October 2013
CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project Will Launch Start-up Solo and Small Firms to Expand Access to Affordable Legal Help
Earlier this month the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) officially opened its doors in the West Loop, creating a program where at any given time 30 socially conscious and sustainable solo and small firm law practices will have the opportunity to grow and thrive.With this new collaborative office space, the CBF officially launches its incubator to help newer graduates develop practices that will serve a sizeable gap in our legal marketclients who earn too much to qualify for free legal aid but not enough to pay traditional lawyer rates. The inaugural group of 10 talented, entrepreneurial newer lawyers started in June and is nearing the end of the first segment of an 18-month program, having collectively contributed nearly 5,000 hours of pro bono service. Already, they are forging connections with one another and the larger legal community while developing and expanding innovative law practices designed to meet real community needs.Tags: CBA Record | JEP read more ...
November 15, 2013
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Roy Strom | Law Bulletin staff writer
As a master’s degree student studying theology, Conor Malloy wanted to help large groups of people liberate themselves from oppression.
But ministry wasn’t his thing. So he chose what he said is the next-most pervasive way to impact social justice: Helping low-and-moderate income families handle legal problems.
The Jesuits really wanted to see me throw on a collar one day, said Malloy, a former Loyola University Chicago theology student and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law graduate. I don’t think I was meant for it. But I think I am doing something similar, just with a little more freedom.
With the help of an initiative announced today by The Chicago Bar Foundation, Malloy might also end up with a little more money in his pocket. He is one of 10 inaugural members of the CBF’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project.Tags: CBF in the News | Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | JEP read more ...
November 15, 2013
Justice Entrepreneurs Project will help new lawyers launch practices serving low and moderate income clients
Chicago’s growing reputation as a hub for innovation once again was on display today as The Chicago Bar Foundation formally unveiled Chicago’s newest incubator in the West Loop, the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP). Through this CBF program, a group of talented and entrepreneurial new lawyers will have the opportunity to launch solo and small firm practices that provide affordable legal services to low and moderate income Chicagoans.Tags: CBF in the News | JEP | Press Releases read more ...