March 22, 2016
The CBF recently received a cy pres award of more than $43,000, the result of residual funds remaining in a class action settlement reached in Murray et al v. Bill Me Later, Inc. In this case in the Northern District of Illinois, McGuire Law, P.C. represented the plaintiff class and Sidley Austin LLP represented the defendant.
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March 8, 2016
Since 2007, Chicago’s legal community has come together every March to raise awareness and critical funding for local pro bono and legal aid organizations through The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Investing in Justice Campaign. Over the course of that time, the Campaign has grown from 35 participating firms and companies to more than 150. The roster of participants is a who’s who of law firms, corporate legal departments, and other legal community partners, and today it is the largest campaign of its kind anywhere in the country.
Chaired this year by Susan Levy, executive vice president and general counsel at Northern Trust, the Campaign officially kicked off with an evening reception for Campaign leaders at Northern Trust’s Chicago office on March 7th. The Campaign runs throughout the month of March.Tags: Investing in Justice Campaign read more ...
October 16, 2015
Fellowships awarded to legal aid attorneys and a scholarship to a law student allow them to pursue meaningful careers in public service and continue serving the most vulnerable
On October 14, the CBF presented the 2015 CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowships to five legal aid attorneys and the 2015 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship to a law student who plans to pursue a career in public service. These programs aim to help alleviate financial concerns and make it more manageable for these exceptional attorneys to continue their careers in legal aid. In doing so, the CBF helps ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community have access to the protections of our justice system.Tags: Fellowships & Scholarships | Marovitz Scholarship | Sun-Times Fellowship read more ...
July 15, 2015
Seven attorneys lauded for their outstanding service to the community at the
CBA and CBF Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon
Seven outstanding attorneys in the Chicago area were recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary work at The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation 17th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 14, 2015.
Over 700 people attended this year’s event held at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago, co-chaired by Brian W. Duwe, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Jan Stern Reed, general counsel of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
The award recipients represent a broad cross-section of Chicago’s legal community and share an unfaltering commitment to advancing access to justice and inspiring those around them to join the cause. This year’s recipients have fought for indigent tenants, access to education, First Amendment issues, rape survivor’s rights, and the safety of domestic abuse victims, among other issues impacting people in need. Some brief background on the Pro Bono and Public Service Awards and this year’s honorees follows.Tags: Awards | Events | Pro Bono | Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon read more ...
May 21, 2015
Many thousands of people in the Chicago area will receive much-needed legal help thanks to the record-breaking success of this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign.
A new record of 147 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign, which was chaired by Brett Hart, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at United, Inc. More than 4,700 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.45 million, both of which also are new records for the Campaign.
The thousands of individual contributions to the Campaign leverage hundreds of thousands in additional funding for this work as well. This year’s Campaign will yield more than $2 million in grants to 34 pro bono and legal aid organizations thanks to a number of generous matching contributions from participating firms and companies and additional foundation and government funding the CBF is able to leverage through the Campaign grants process.Tags: Grants | Investing in Justice Campaign | Success! read more ...
February 26, 2015
MacArthur Foundation Grant Supports Innovative Solutions for Making Essential Legal Help More Affordable and Accessible
The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) announced today a two-year, $400,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support the CBF’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP). The JEP is an incubator for recent law school graduates to start innovative, socially conscious law practices in the Chicago area that provide affordable services to low and moderate-income people, a vastly underserved client base. JEP lawyers are building practices that offer fixed fees and flexible representation options, maximize technology and attorney-client collaboration, and leverage existing but previously untapped referral networks…Tags: JEP read more ...
November 25, 2014
CBF Report November 2014
Helping Dedicated Advocates Serve Others
Ensuring equal access to justice in our community starts with dedicated advocates pursuing and remaining in careers in legal aid and public service. One of the CBF’s key priorities is to address the growing financial hurdles facing legal aid lawyers in our community, who are increasingly finding that a career in legal aid and public interest law is simply untenable from an economic standpoint. Lawyers graduating today typically have mortgage-sized law school debt while working for relatively modest salaries at pro bono and legal aid organizations. Thanks to a number of generous donors, the CBF has created several considerable fellowship and scholarship programs to help make it possible for committed attorneys to carry out this important work amidst what can be significant financial challenges and, in doing so, help ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community have access to the protections of our justice system.Tags: CBA Record | Fellowships & Scholarships | Legal Aid Organizations | Marovitz Scholarship | Sun-Times Fellowship read more ...
July 17, 2014
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 our community before more than 700 attendees at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago.
The award recipients represent a broad cross-section of Chicago’s legal community and share an unfaltering commitment to advancing justice and inspiring those around them to join the cause.Tags: Awards | Events | Press Releases | Pro Bono | Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon read more ...
November 15, 2013
Justice Entrepreneurs Project will help new lawyers launch practices serving low and moderate income clients
Chicago’s growing reputation as a hub for innovation once again was on display today as The Chicago Bar Foundation formally unveiled Chicago’s newest incubator in the West Loop, the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP). Through this CBF program, a group of talented and entrepreneurial new lawyers will have the opportunity to launch solo and small firm practices that provide affordable legal services to low and moderate income Chicagoans.Tags: CBF in the News | JEP | Press Releases read more ...
October 11, 2013
More than 50 Legal Aid Advocates Get Complimentary, Top-Notch Trial Skills Training For Free Through Innovative Partnership
Dozens of legal aid advocates from throughout the Chicago area are participating in an acclaimed NITA (National Institute of Trial Advocacy) trial skills training this week thanks to an inventive partnership of NITA, The Chicago Bar Foundation, and the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
There are two components to the training. On Monday, sixteen experienced legal aid trial attorneys completed a two-day teacher training program where they learned the NITA methodology so that they ultimately will become NITA certified instructors. These attorneys then have been teaching alongside experienced NITA instructors during a three-day Advocacy Skills Program, where forty legal aid lawyers have the opportunity to hone their trial advocacy skills. Thanks to Skadden, these programs are taking place in state of the art facilities.Tags: Legal Aid Academy | Press Releases | Training read more ...