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August 4, 2014

Cabrini Green Legal Aid Intake Training

Would you like to help low-income clients with criminal defense, housing, family and criminal records (healthcare waiver, certificate of good conduct, and certificate of eligibility for sealing) cases? Cabrini Green Legal Aid provides both criminal and civil legal services integrated with social work support to individuals facing barriers stemming from an encounter with the criminal justice system. Volunteers are needed to conduct intake with potential clients on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings, with a corresponding mandatory intake meeting on Thursday afternoons, lasting 1.5 hours.

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August 1, 2014

The Municipal Court Advice Desk

One of the most impactful programs donors to the Investing in Justice Campaign are making possible is the Municipal Court Advice Desk in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Municipal Desk operates on an annual budget of approximately $300,000, half of which comes from Investing in Justice Campaign donors and the other half of which is matched by Cook County through a contract with the CBF that was just renewed by the County Board for three more years.

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July 23, 2014

CBF Welcomes New President and Board Members

Jesse Ruiz, a Partner at Drinker, Biddle & Reath and a leader in Chicago’s legal community, took the helm as the 2014-2015 CBF Board President at the CBF’s July board meeting. A member of the board since 2009, Jesse becomes the 33rd President in the CBF’s history and takes over at an exciting time…

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July 17, 2014

Pro Bono and Public Service Heroes Honored

Some of the most influential work done by Chicago’s legal community flies under the radar. The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 16th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 15, 2014 highlighted some of that important work, honoring seven truly exemplary lawyers in our community before more than 700 attendees at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago.

The award recipients represent a broad cross-section of Chicago’s legal community and share an unfaltering commitment to advancing justice and inspiring those around them to join the cause.

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July 16, 2014

CBF Mourns the Passing of Belinda Belcher, Long-serving Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center

The CBF was saddened to learn of the recent death of Belinda Belcher, who served as Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center for 22 years up until the time of her death. Belinda dedicated her life to the Law Center and fought hard to give a voice to the voiceless in our legal system.

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July 14, 2014

Investing in Justice posts another fundraising record

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Jamie Loo  |  Law Bulletin staff writer

The Chicago Bar Foundation’s annual Investing in Justice campaign broke records again this year, raising $1.81 million and pushing the overall fundraising drive’s total past $10 million in eight years.

The money goes to pro bono and legal-aid services in the Chicago area.

It’s made a lot of good possible and is something the Chicago legal community can really be proud of, said CBF Executive Director Robert A. Glaves.

This past spring, 146 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations took part in the campaign, an increase from 137 groups last year. More than 4,300 attorneys and legal professionals donated $1.3 million, and employers kicked in an additional $500,000 which is the highest amount ever raised in individual contributions.

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July 9, 2014

2014 Investing in Justice Campaign Sets Records Across the Board

The collective effort and generosity of Chicago’s legal community made this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign another resounding and record-breaking success. 146 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign, and more than 4,300 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.3 million, all record amounts.

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June 17, 2014

Application Available for the 2014 Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship

The CBF currently is accepting applications for the Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship, which provides significant loan repayment assistance to outstanding recent law school graduates who have chosen to pursue careers in legal aid or public interest law. The CBF awards five annual fellowships of up to $50,000 each. Applications are due Monday, July 21.

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June 16, 2014

Help Us Honor Some Exceptional Attorneys on July 15

Join us for the Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, July 15 at the Fairmont Hotel. The awards presented recognize several of our profession’s unsung heroes from a broad cross-section of the legal community and their dedication to pro bono and public service. Learn more or buy tickets…

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June 2, 2014

Nine New JEP Participants Begin, Bringing Program to Full Capacity

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) recently started its third class of participants, bringing the program to capacity with a total of 29 participating lawyers. Chosen through a competitive selection process and hailing from seven different law schools, the new participants are: Anthony Abou Ezzi, Mark Almanza, Rachel Boehm, Cindy Campbell, Sivonnia Debarros, Stacey Dembo, Esther Lee, Paul Lytle and James Plucinsky.

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