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February 2, 2022

Welcome Elise & Mercedes!

The CBF is excited to welcome two new members to the CBF staff: Associate Director of Advocacy & Programs, Elise Tincher, and Program Manager for Illinois Justice Corps, Mercedes Boykin. Both Elise and Mercedes joined the CBF staff last month and have already proven to be integral members of the CBF team.

As Associate Director of […]

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January 28, 2022

cclahd logoCBF and Cook County Award Grants to Fund Community Outreach Efforts for CCLAHD Program

Earlier this month, the CBF and Cook County announced the recipients of outreach grants to 24 community-based organizations across Cook County totaling $180,000. The grants will fund community outreach efforts for the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) program. CCLAHD is a countywide initiative aimed at helping residents resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, […]

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January 27, 2022

A Macro-Legal-Economics Class We All Should Take

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

So yeah, I made up a new word here, but there is a method to the madness. If you ever took a class in economics, you may remember that microeconomics focuses on individual businesses and distinct areas of the market, while macroeconomics looks at the broader dynamics that drive […]

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January 26, 2022

Congrats and thanks Judge Jacobius!

January brings the bittersweet news that Judge Moshe Jacobius, the longtime Presiding Judge for the Chancery Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County, is retiring at the end of the month.

Judge Jacobius has been a great leader and partner on access to justice issues throughout his more than 11 years as Presiding Judge in […]

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January 25, 2022

Starting 2022 on the Right Foot

The start of a new year is always a welcome time to set new goals and to look forward. As we begin this new year, it is also important to reflect on where we have been, and specifically for purposes of this article, I mean in our practice.

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January 24, 2022

CBF Honored by National Conference of Bar Foundations

The CBF is the proud recipient of the 2021 President’s Award from the National Conference of Bar Foundations (NCBF). NCBF recognized the CBF for our longtime leadership role in NCBF and the bar foundation community, highlighted most recently by the CBF hosting a successful 2021 NCBF Annual Meeting in Chicago this past summer, NCBF’s first […]

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January 20, 2022

The JEP Welcomes Second All-Female Cohort

On January 10, 2022, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed its eighteenth cohort into the program. This all-female cohort, the second in JEP history, is ready to put their entrepreneurial and legal skills to work as they build socially conscious and innovative practices focused on increasing access to legal solutions for underserved people and small businesses in […]

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January 18, 2022

karen hamiltonGood luck Karen and Welcome Jess!

After 13 years at The Chicago Bar Foundation, Karen Hamilton, Director of Finance & Operations, has left the CBF for an exciting opportunity to work at her local park district. Karen served in a variety of roles for the CBF from 2006-2013, and after a brief move out of state, she rejoined the CBF staff […]

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January 18, 2022

CBF Pricing Toolkit 2.0 Provides a Framework for Attorneys to Increase Access to Legal Help for Everyday People

One of the biggest barriers everyday people and small businesses face when trying to find a lawyer is they have no idea what it will cost and whether it is a good value for them. That is because most of the consumer legal market still revolves around the billable hour. The new version of the […]

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December 17, 2021

Congratulations, Samoane!

We are excited to share that Samoane Williams has recently been promoted to Senior Manager of Training and the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP)! The JEP is the CBF’s legal incubator program empowering lawyers to lead socially conscious law practices and innovative businesses that offer valuable, cost-effective legal services and products to consumers of all incomes.

In […]

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