News Tag: CBF in the News


July 18, 2017

CBF awards highlight pro bono attorneys

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…

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June 30, 2017

Fund campaign for legal aid sets another record

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…

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March 21, 2017

March becomes fundraiser time for pro bono aid

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.

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March 17, 2017

Bar groups unite to save aid program

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.

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January 27, 2017

Hands off Chicago’s legal aid funding

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.”

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September 2, 2015

Bridging the gap

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.

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June 2, 2015

A financial safety net for Chicago’s legal safety nets

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.

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April 1, 2015

Spaces: Justice Entrepreneurs Project

Serious Work, Relaxed Environment

Chicago Lawyer
By Dustin J. Seibert

The loft-style office of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project looks less like a conventional law firm and more like a small tech startup.

The main area consists of rows of desks separated only by frosted partitions with phone and laptop chargers jutting through them from the floor.

“Mailboxes” consist of individually labeled Tupperware containers stacked on a cart in the corner of a collaborative space.

There’s one conference room, one copy machine, a stripped-down kitchen space and the basic understanding that employees clean up after themselves.

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March 4, 2015

Solo practitioners cite benefits of legal incubators

San Diego Daily Transcript
By Lyle Moran

As the longtime owner of San Diego Music Studio, Robin Sassi says that being a small-business owner can be lonely and isolating.

So after Sassi graduated from California Western School of Law a few years ago, she hoped to work at a law firm where she would have colleagues with whom she could share the ups and downs of being a new lawyer.

But after months without finding a job, Sassi started doing legal work on her own.

It was during that time, in 2012, when she was approached about joining California Western’s planned Access to Law Initiative, an incubator providing space and training for new lawyers wanting to serve clients of modest means.

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February 27, 2015

Crain’s Chicago Business Covers MacArthur Foundation Grant to JEP

A February 26 article (paid) in Crain’s Chicago Business focused on the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project and a recently announced $400,000 grant the program received from the MacArthur Foundation.

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