News Tag: Advocacy

January 25, 2023

court buildingGood News on the Advocacy Front to Close out 2022

2022 ended with good news for several CBF advocacy priorities, with a significant increase in federal funding for legal aid and passage of an important judicial security bill at the federal level as well as the passage of a bill to improve access to the name change process in Illinois.

First, Congress approved a $71 million […]

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April 22, 2022

court buildingThe Way Back to Springfield and Washington

It has been a busy Spring on the CBF advocacy front at both the state and federal levels, and we were thrilled to have leaders from the CBF again visit both Springfield and Washington over the past month for the first time since the pandemic started.

Working with our colleagues at the […]

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December 17, 2021

Your Foundation at Work in 2021

Building a Fairer and Better Justice System, Together

You continue to make a tremendous impact through your partnership with the CBF by coming together with your peers throughout our legal community to strengthen the pro bono and legal aid system and develop innovative new solutions to advance access to justice. Following are just a few examples […]

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August 2, 2021

Help Available for Both Landlords and Tenants as Eviction Moratoriums Expire

From left to right: Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves, and Carina Segalini from the office of Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.

As state and federal moratoriums on evictions are expiring, the free services offered through the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) […]

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May 14, 2021

CBF Takes a Virtual Trip to Washington to Advocate for Access to Justice

Each spring, the CBF works with leaders from the CBA, Illinois State Bar Association, and American Bar Association to meet with our Illinois congressional delegation and their hardworking staff to discuss important access to justice issues that require federal solutions.

Until last year, these meetings have always been held in person in Washington, but pandemic restrictions […]

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January 25, 2021

student debt proposal overviewSustainable Solutions to the Student Debt Crisis

Amidst the welcome national attention and commitments in the new Administration and Congress to tackle the student debt crisis, the CBF held a briefing this month to discuss long-term and sustainable solutions to this overarching problem.

As recent law graduates are fully aware, lawyers often leave school with significant amounts of debt. For those choosing higher-paying […]

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December 18, 2020

Upcoming CBF Student Debt Briefing

Want to learn more about the student debt crisis and the CBF’s comprehensive proposal to tackle it as momentum grows for action at the federal level? Join us on Wednesday, January 13th at 2 p.m. to hear from the stellar pro bono drafting team about the tenets of the CBF’s proposed reforms, how the CBF package compares to other proposals, […]

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August 17, 2020

congressman schneider meetingTackling the Student Debt Crisis with a Comprehensive and Long-Term Solution

As the CBF continues to support efforts to protect the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and to enact meaningful COVID-19 student debt relief measures, we also have ramped up our advocacy for a more comprehensive solution to the student debt crisis.

In the last few months, we’ve been fortunate to work with an incredible team of pro bono attorneys—led by Erin Turley and Allison Wilkerson at McDermott Will & Emery and David Whaley at Thompson Hine LLP–who have done great work turning the CBF’s proposals and ideas into actual legislative language.

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May 26, 2020

illinois supreme court roomIllinois Supreme Court Enters Order Supporting CARES Act Housing Protections

The CBF and its partners in the legal aid community helped advocate for a Supreme Court Order based on the protections for tenants outlined in the federal CARES Act. Under the Act, landlords are required to wait until after July 25 to issue any eviction notices to renters in housing units that are part of […]

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May 26, 2020

illinois supreme courtIllinois Supreme Court Adopts New Rule and Policy Encouraging Remote Court Appearances

Through its ongoing partnership with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice, the CBF helped draft the new Illinois Supreme Court Policy on Remote Court Appearances in Civil Proceedings and Supreme Court Rule 45.

The CBF has long advocated for increased remote access to the court system seeing the benefits that simple technologies can […]

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