News Tag: CBF in the News
July 26, 2018
In an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Business, CBF President Carrie Di Santo and CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves lay out why the Chicago legal community needs to commit to doing things differently and how that will expand legal assistance for people left out of the market now.
“While the causes of the current failure in the market for legal services are complex and long in the making, the urgency for change could not be clearer. Unfortunately, too many lawyers don’t see the problems firsthand in their practices and thus cling to long-held traditions despite stark evidence that the current system is not working for the majority of the public.”Tags: CBF in the News | Legal innovation read more ...
June 5, 2018
We are proud to share that the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project was featured in the latest issue of the ABA’s Law Practice Magazine. In “Meeting the Needs of the Middle Market,” JEP Director Trevor Clarke focuses on how the JEP has grown and evolved in recent years to meet its goals of expanding access to affordable legal help for low- and moderate-income people by helping lawyers establish innovative, sustainable firms serving that population. The article discusses innovations the JEP employs, and how it shares lessons and resources to be a model for other incubators nationwide.
Read the full article at Law Practice.Tags: CBF in the News | JEP | Legal innovation read more ...
May 18, 2018
The CBF is proud to be featured in the Social Innovations Journal’s most recent edition, Chicago’s Social Innovations, Social Enterprises, and Public Private Partnerships. We are humbled to be included among the many other innovative projects and programs, which together demonstrate how Chicago is a leading force in the international social impact and social policy movement.Tags: CBF in the News | Future of the Profession | JEP | Legal innovation read more ...
July 18, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By David Thomas | Law Bulletin staff writer
Not all attorneys can dedicate themselves to pro bono or public-interest work, but every attorney — regardless of his or her practice — can show up.
“You can show up at legal clinics. We can show up at our legal clinics and our firms,” said Gary K. Wachtel, a senior director at Discover Financial Services. “We just have to continue to show up, giving our time, expertise and resources, and give profound help to those in need.”
Wachtel’s comments came after he was announced as the recipient of the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award at The Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation’s annual pro bono and public service luncheon. Read the article…Tags: Anderson Fellowship | Awards | CBF in the News | Morsch Award | Pro Bono | Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Luncheon read more ...
June 30, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Emily Donovan | Law Bulletin Staff Writer
The Chicago Bar Foundation’s Investing in Justice Campaign collected more than $1.5 million from donors and $600,000 in grants this year.
The donations will be used for local pro bono and legal aid organizations.
It’s a foundation record, following a pattern since the campaign first launched 10 years ago.
“It keeps growing, and we think it still has room to keep doing that,” said Robert A. Glaves, foundation executive director. Read more…Tags: CBF in the News | Grants | Investing in Justice Campaign read more ...
March 21, 2017
A March 21, 2017 article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin features the CBF’s Investing in Justice Campaign. Now in its 11th year, the annual campaign brings the entire legal community together to help ensure that everyone has access to necessary legal help, not just those who can afford it. The Campaign runs throughout the month of March and is chaired this year by Jesse Ruiz, partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.Tags: CBF in the News | Investing in Justice Campaign read more ...
March 17, 2017
An article in the March 17, 2017 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin focuses on the President’s elimination of all Legal Services Corporation funding in his recently proposed budget and the devastating effects this funding loss would have on legal aid services in Illinois. The article highlights the response of LSC-funded organizations in Illinois and national and local bar groups, including the CBF.Tags: Advocacy | CBF in the News | Legal Aid Funding | LSC read more ...
January 27, 2017
In an op-ed for Crain’s Chicago Business, CBF President Chuck Smith and Executive Director Bob Glaves respond to recent talk of eliminating federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
“Wherever we stand politically, we all should take this opportunity to restore confidence that everyone will get a fair shake in the justice system. Ensuring that there is proper funding for LSC is a critical part of our collective charge. This is not a partisan issue: It is a part of who we are as a country.”Tags: Advocacy | CBF in the News | Legal Aid Funding | LSC read more ...
September 2, 2015
What can the UK legal system learn from the Chicago Bar Foundation’s innovative Justice Entrepreneurs Project?
The American Bar Association conference July 30-August 4 in Chicago brought in representatives from around the world, including Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, Alistair MacDonald. Intrigued by the concept of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, which he visited, MacDonald penned his thoughts on the program and whether it would work in the UK legal system. Read his article Bridging the gap in Counsel Magazine.Tags: CBF in the News | JEP read more ...
June 2, 2015
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Jamie Loo | Law Bulletin Staff Writer
Without a parent or guardian and no place to call home, a homeless teenager is faced with many challenges and in some cases can’t even enroll in school.
Fortunately for those teens, there are organizations such as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ Law Project to advocate for their right to enroll in school and access other benefits.
The groups providing support need their own financial support to stay open and keep serving the community—and for some, funding from The Chicago Bar Foundation has served as a lifeline.Tags: CBF in the News | Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | Grants | Investing in Justice Campaign read more ...