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October 14, 2014

Andersons Continue to Lead by Example with $250,000 Gift to Renew Fellowship

A report on the financial challenges facing public interest lawyers caught the attention of Kimball Anderson while he was the leadership track on the CBF Board 12 years ago. The report revealed that these lawyers were not only underpaid, but many carried exorbitant school debt, causing them to leave the sector after a year or two.

At the time, however, a law school debt of $60,000 was considered to be high; today, it is not unusual for a recent grad to be saddled with a six-figure burden. In response to skyrocketing student debt, Kimball and his wife Karen Gatsis Anderson, notable philanthropists and Chicago attorneys, funded a groundbreaking public interest fellowship through the CBF in 2002 to help dedicated lawyers pursue these important careers. This year, the Andersons decided to renew their eponymous fellowship with the CBF for another five years, which will award five outstanding new legal aid lawyers $50,000 each to help with repayment of their law school debt. It is the couple’s second renewal since the fellowship was first awarded in 2003.

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October 10, 2014

Pro Bono Week 2014: A Big Anniversary to Celebrate!

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pro Bono Week with us in Chicago, where it all started!

This year’s theme is Lifting Lives, Strengthening Access and it all takes place the week of October 20th, when you and your colleagues in the legal community can come together for fun events, complimentary CLE programs, and the 21st Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair.

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October 3, 2014

What Can We Help You With Today?

CBF Report September 2014

What Can We Help You With Today?

This is the phrase heard over and over in the concourse level of the Daley Center, as court patrons visit the new Circuit Court of Cook County Resource Center for People Without Lawyers. The Center is a major milestone in the longer-term effort to make the court system more user-friendly and accessible for people without lawyers, a key goal of both the CBF and the Circuit Court.

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September 18, 2014

New Referral Pad for People without Lawyers

In August 2014, the CBF printed an updated version of our Referral Pad for People without Lawyers at the Daley Center. Email Kelly Tautges at ktautges@chicagobar.org for copies. Updated versions for Markham and Rolling Meadows will be available soon.

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August 13, 2014

Your Support of the CBF Helps Thousands of Young Chicagoans Get DACA Protection

Since President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June 2012, the CBF has played a lead role in mobilizing the local grantmaking community to provide special funding that already has helped thousands of young people in the Chicago area obtain protection under DACA.

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August 13, 2014

Learning a Better Way to Teach

Seventeen legal aid attorneys recently participated in an interactive two-day program on designing and delivering effective trainings offered by the CBF Legal Aid Academy. David Cruickshank from Edge International, an expert in legal skills education, presented the program…

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August 12, 2014

Chicago’s Legal Community Honors Pro Bono and Public Service Heroes

CBF Report July/August 2014

CBA/CBF 16th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon

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 the Chicago legal community. Luncheon co-chairs V. Alexandra Darrow of ADP, Inc. and President of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chicago Chapter, and James A. Morsch of Butler Rubin Saltarelli&Boyd LLP presented the awards in front of more than 700 members of the Chicago legal community at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago.

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August 5, 2014

A Fair and Responsible Response to the Recent Influx of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

At its core, the recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border is a humanitarian issue and should be addressed with that recognition. By putting aside political posturing and focusing on the real problems driving this crisis, we can resolve the issue fairly and effectively–and without unnecessarily putting these children at risk of further harm.

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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

your campaign in action iconThe 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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