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May 6, 2015

2nd Annual Passport to Chicago a Big Success

On Friday, May 1, more than 175 guests attended the CBF’s 2nd Annual Passport to Chicago at Kendall College, a culinary tour of various neighborhoods of the Windy City with dishes presented by members of the Kendall College Competition Club. The creations were paired with an appealing selection of regional beer and wine supplied by Midwest Wine Selections.

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May 6, 2015

jep logoJEP Featured at ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services

Terri Mascherin of Jenner & Block LLP and chair of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project steering committee, gave a featured presentation about the JEP at the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services.

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April 23, 2015

Take Action: Support a More Efficient and Advanced Judiciary

Funding for the Judiciary is one of the CBF’s advocacy priorities as properly funding the courts is fundamental to ensuring that the justice system is fair, accessible, and efficient. The Judiciary’s proposed budget for the coming year is $7 billion, a very modest increase from last year’s appropriation and just a tiny fraction of the overall federal budget for the entire third branch of government.

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April 22, 2015

Wills for Heroes

Give back to the brave citizens who keep us safe everyday here in Chicago our first responders by volunteering at a CBA Young Lawyers Section Wills for Heroes  event.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave.

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April 21, 2015

CBF Represents at ABA Day

Last week, attorneys and staff members representing the CBA and CBF, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Illinois Supreme Court traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in ABA Day, the ABA’s annual advocacy event in Washington. Each year, Congress considers legislation that impacts access to justice, the justice system, and the legal profession. That’s why it’s vital that leaders in our legal community in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois participate in ABA Day each year, cutting through the noise of other special interests and educating Congress on important issues impacting access to justice for Illinois residents.

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April 20, 2015

your campaign in action iconWhen Every Case is an Emergency

Startling statistics have made their way to headlines and stirred a national conversation on the topic of domestic violence, and they indicate that abusive partners don’t discriminate. A woman is beaten every nine seconds in the U.S. Men and transgender individuals often are victims as well. Locally, the Chicago Police Department handled 80,935 domestic-related calls […]

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April 1, 2015

Spaces: Justice Entrepreneurs Project

Serious Work, Relaxed Environment

Chicago Lawyer
By Dustin J. Seibert

The loft-style office of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project looks less like a conventional law firm and more like a small tech startup.

The main area consists of rows of desks separated only by frosted partitions with phone and laptop chargers jutting through them from the floor.

Mailboxes consist of individually labeled Tupperware containers stacked on a cart in the corner of a collaborative space.

There’s one conference room, one copy machine, a stripped-down kitchen space and the basic understanding that employees clean up after themselves.

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March 26, 2015

Access to Justice Goes to Springfield

Would you like to learn more about Illinois’ legislative process and gain some hands-on lobbying experience? On April 28 and 29, the CBF will head down to Springfield to talk with legislators about our priority state issues. Contact Jessica Bednarz, CBF Program Manager, at jbednarz@chicagobar.org or (312) 554-4952 if you are interested in joining us.

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March 24, 2015

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

You can provide quality legal counsel to survivors of sexual assault and ensure that survivors are not further victimized when they attempt to engage in the criminal justice system’s efforts against rapists. Join CAASE for a training on Monday, March 30th from 12:00 to 2:00 to learn about providing legal representation and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Learn more or email Rachel Johnson to register for the training, or find out about other volunteer opportunities at CAASE.

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March 24, 2015

Meet Lee Robbins, the Newest CBF Equal Justice Works Fellow

It’s easy to mark the troublesome students in class as, well, troublesome and punish them as such.

Johnny, for example, is always talking in class. He talks over the teacher, he interrupts the students. His behavior is disruptive, so the easy solution is to throw him out of the classroom, right?

But what if Johnny has undetected autism? Or what if Amanda, who often skips class, is struggling with anxiety due to trauma at home?

As a high school special education teacher, Lee Robbins saw how such students were not receiving the academic and behavioral supports they needed, and as a consequence, they often fell victim to school discipline and even academic failure (students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of school suspension!). She went to law school with the mission of securing educational rights for students with disabilities, and is currently making a splash at Equip for Equality as a CBF-sponsored Equal Justice Works Fellow.

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