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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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May 30, 2014

Volunteers Take a Turn as Judge

Four CBF Young Professionals Board and CBA Young Lawyers Section members recently served as judges at the 12th Annual Mikva Challenge Action Civics Fair, which took place at the Chicago Cultural Center on May 28. The Action Civics Fair is a culminating celebration of the civic activism projects that Mikva youth throughout Chicago have been working on all year.

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May 28, 2014

Spring into Summer with the CBF Young Professionals Board & CBA Young Lawyers Section

On June 12, help us kick off the summer and celebrate a great cause with drinks, food and mingling at Tradition, from 5:30 to 8:30. $35 dollar advance tickets include appetizers and three drink tickets. Learn more or buy tickets.

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May 27, 2014

Legal Aid Attorneys Receive Free Top-Notch Deposition Training

On May 14, forty-three legal aid attorneys had the opportunity to participate in a two-day deposition training sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP through the CBF Legal Aid Academy. Kirkland attorneys and staff customized the program for legal aid, building on their very successful KITA (Kirkland Institute for Trial Advocacy) program, which utilizes hands-on learning with immediate feedback, lectures and demonstrations.

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May 27, 2014

Meet Faith Pincus, Founder & CEO of Pincus Professional Education

Once we leave law school, it doesn’t take long for most attorneys to realize just how much we don’t know. And, for most of us, that feeling never really goes away because, no matter how long you’ve worked as an attorney there is still a lot you don’t know.

Faith Pincus, founder and CEO of Pincus Professional Education, has made it her job to help all attorneys, including those working at legal service programs, learn essential practical skills. She built her brainchild, Pincus Professional Education, into a leading CLE company that provides high quality legal education including skills and strategy training for attorneys at all levels.

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