A Small Step Towards Reopening Chicago, A Big Step for Honoring Unsung Heroes of our Profession
New CBF Senior Manager of Advocacy & Programs Opportunity
Skate Where the Puck is Going, Not Where It Has Been
Thank you and Good Luck, Angela!
October 21, 2020
News Flash: Pro bono is not the complete solution to the huge gap in access to justice. That is actually not news to anyone involved in this work, but it seems a lot more people of late have been highlighting what pro bono can’t do as they make their case for other solutions, often implying in the process that pro bono is less important or less worthy of our resources and attention.
Well, that is just plain wrong. Just because pro bono is not the solution on its own does not mean it is not an integral part of the larger quest to fulfill our nation’s ideal of a fair and accessible justice system for all. Pro bono in fact has a big role to play, and it matters in many other ways as well.Tags: Pro Bono | Pro Bono Week read more ...
October 6, 2020
CBA/CBF Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation Releases Final Report and Recommendations
The Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation officially released its final report and recommendations today after formally submitting them to the Illinois Supreme Court.
The problem the Task Force seeks to address in a nutshell is an untenable failure in the legal market: at the […]Tags: Legal Innovation | Legal Regulation | Task Force read more ...
October 5, 2020
The CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project is seeking entrepreneurial and social justice-minded applicants for its next class of participants who will begin the program in January 2021.
The JEP prepares talented and entrepreneurial lawyers in the Chicago area to build innovative, socially conscious, and thriving law practices serving low and middle-income legal consumers and small businesses. We believe in the power […]Tags: JEP | Legal Innovation read more ...
October 1, 2020
Congratulations to Jessica Bednarz, CBF Director of Innovation & the JEP, on being named one of this year’s Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under 40 recipients. Jess joins a very distinguished group of 2020 honorees, and we are incredibly proud of all the work she has done to improve access to justice in our community. […]Tags: CBF in the News | CBF Staff read more ...
September 24, 2020
The 1980’s called and they want their Rules of Professional Conduct back. And they can have them.
As the world around us has changed dramatically since those heady days when seeing a music video on MTV was mind-blowing, we have seen only modest changes in the Rules governing the business of law. The result is our profession has gradually priced the everyday person out of the market for legal services even though we have more lawyers practicing than ever before.
Something is clearly wrong, and we now face a clear choice: continue down the same unsustainable path, or set a new course where we empower the middle class to access the quality, affordable legal services they need and enable lawyers to sustainably provide those services to them.Tags: Future of the Profession | Legal Innovation | Legal Regulation | Task Force read more ...
September 24, 2020
A message from Sean Berkowitz, 2020 Investing in Justice Campaign Chair
Thanks to your dedicated leadership, I am pleased to announce outstanding results for this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign despite the unprecedented circumstances we all find ourselves facing today. At a time when it is needed more than ever, more than 4,200 attorneys and legal […]Tags: Investing in Justice Campaign | Legal Aid Funding read more ...
September 17, 2020
As small businesses wrestle with the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) hosted a free virtual workshop for the small businesses in the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce earlier this month. “Ask JEP: Navigating Legal Relationships in a Time of COVID” was designed to help these businesses understand and respond […]Tags: JEP read more ...
September 16, 2020
The Illinois JusticeCorps program is proud to announce the launch of its new Court Information Helpline – a phone resource created to aid people without lawyers trying to access the courts during the ongoing pandemic. The helpline now serves as one central location for unrepresented litigants to call for legal information and resource referrals for […]Tags: Courts | JusticeCorps | Self-Help Resources read more ...
August 18, 2020
My New Year’s Resolution for our legal profession this year was to make law better by looking to what we can learn from other professions and industries, and as I explored further over the past few months, there is no shortage of material on that front.
As we look at ways we can better and more sustainably serve the public, there also are a number of lessons we can learn from the areas of the legal services market that are functioning reasonably well for lawyers and clients today.Tags: Future of the Profession | Legal Innovation | Legal Regulation | Task Force read more ...
August 17, 2020
As the CBF continues to support efforts to protect the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and to enact meaningful COVID-19 student debt relief measures, we also have ramped up our advocacy for a more comprehensive solution to the student debt crisis.
In the last few months, we’ve been fortunate to work with an incredible team of pro bono attorneys—led by Erin Turley and Allison Wilkerson at McDermott Will & Emery and David Whaley at Thompson Hine LLP–who have done great work turning the CBF’s proposals and ideas into actual legislative language.Tags: Advocacy | Student Debt Reform read more ...