2022 Legal Aid Recruitment and Retention Study

The CBF worked with Mercer Consulting on a comprehensive new study of recruitment and retention of lawyers and advocates in our legal aid community that was released in July, 2022. This study builds off a groundbreaking study the CBF did back in 2006 and identifies both significant challenges and real opportunities for our community to […]

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CBA Legal Aid Committee Shares Annual Legal Aid Highlights for 2021

The Chicago Bar Association Legal Aid Committee this month celebrated the impressive achievements of our legal aid community in 2021 and released their annual highlights booklet. 

The Legal Aid Committee, chaired this year by Kaethe Morris Hoffer from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), brings together representatives from dozens of legal aid organizations serving the […]

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court buildingGroundbreaking New Research Report Shows that Legal Assistance Has a Broad Range of Impacts on Case Outcomes and Court Efficiency

A new research report based on a comprehensive study in California shows that access to civil legal aid has a broad range of significant positive impacts. Specifically, the report underscores that access to legal assistance improved case outcomes, significantly increased perceptions of fairness, and…

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campaign 2020 facts2020 Investing in Justice Campaign Facts, Statistics & Stories

 

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2019 legal aid highlightsLegal Aid Committee—Selected Highlights 2019

Each year, the CBA’s Legal Aid Committee compiles their program, litigation, and policy highlights from the year before and this year’s booklet is as inspiring as ever! 2019 was a big year for legal aid organizations and the clients they serve—from individual cases where a legal aid attorney saved someone’s home, family, and livelihood, to […]

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Legal Aid in Illinois: Selected Social and Economic Benefits

In addition to the fundamental impact of legal aid in helping to ensure equal access to justice, a new study published by The Chicago Bar Foundation and the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation found that legal aid in Illinois produces almost a 2:1 return on investment. Using a limited sample, the study found that legal aid services produced economic benefits of more than $70M in a year.

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Legal Aid in Cook County: A Report on Basic Trends in Need, Service and Funding

This 2010 report addresses the current demand for legal aid services, how services are being provided and where funding comes from for this work.

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Investing in Justice: A Framework for Effective Recruitment and Retention of Illinois Legal Aid Attorneys

This 2006 study published by The Chicago Bar Foundation and the Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice takes an in-depth look at the work of legal aid attorneys and the recruitment and retention of this group of dedicated lawyers.

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The Legal Aid Safety Net: A Report on the Legal Needs of Low-Income Illinoisans

The 2005 Legal Aid Safety Net report examines the legal needs of the poor, the effectiveness of current legal aid in meeting these needs, and identifies steps that could be taken to maximize the effectiveness of legal aid.

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