News Tag: Fellowships & Scholarships


August 23, 2017

Chris Lee Awarded 2017 Marovitz Scholarship

Christen David Lee started each of his high school days on the bus from his home in Austin and North Lawndale to Lincoln Park High School. Outside the windows, he watched the blocks of vacant lots and dilapidated buildings of the city’s west side slowly change into an entirely different world, where mansions sat across the street from his school. Chris, recipient of the 2017 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship, was struck by the incredible inequalities of Chicago.

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October 17, 2016

New Class of Talented Legal Aid Attorneys Receive Awards to Cap Off 10-Year CBF Fellowship Program

CBF Fellowships awarded to five legal aid attorneys will help them to pursue careers in public service and continue serving the most vulnerable people in our community

Five outstanding legal aid attorneys tonight became the final class of CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellows. This program, in its tenth and final year, has made it more manageable for 50 legal aid lawyers to continue their careers in legal aid in the face of significant student debt loads. In doing so, the program has played a key role in improving access to justice for people in need and making the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone.

First awarded in 2007, this is the tenth and final year the CBF will award Sun-Times Fellowships. Through a generous $2 million cy pres award from a case involving the Chicago Sun-Times, in 2006 the CBF was able to create this 10-year Fellowship Program to provide significant loan repayment assistance to 50 legal aid attorneys in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Over 92% of the CBF’s Sun-Times Fellows remain in public service today.

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October 17, 2016

Inspiring Law Student Gets Boost for Her Dream of a Career in Public Service

Prestigious $40,000 scholarship will help Amanda Insalaco achieve that dream

From a young age, Amanda Insalaco has aspired to a career in public service. As the first in her family to attend college, she graduated with honors and determined she wanted to pursue that dream as a public service lawyer. Tonight, she is one big step closer to realizing that dream after she received the 2016 Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship.

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September 9, 2016

Sun-Times Fellowship Recipients Selected

Congratulations to the outstanding legal aid attorneys selected to receive the 2016 CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship:

  • Lesley Arizmendi, Equip for Equality
  • Adrian Barr, Prairie State Legal Services
  • Graham Bowman, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
  • Virginia Torres, Life Span
  • Samoane Williams, First Defense Legal Aid
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June 6, 2016

New CBF-Funded PILI Interns Begin Their Service

We’re excited to kick off the summer with a new crop of CBF-sponsored PILI summer interns!

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) is a Chicago-based organization which works with the legal community to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law. The CBF’s grant supporting PILI’s Law Student Internship Program funds three summer interns and two school-year interns to work at CBF-funded pro bono and legal aid organizations in the Chicago area. Our summer interns will work 400 hours full-time, under the supervision of licensed attorneys, to provide legal assistance to people in need, and may also may engage in advocacy, policy-based work or impact litigation on behalf of low-income people.

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October 16, 2015

Supporting Talented Attorneys in Public Interest

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.

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June 25, 2015

CBF Awards More Than $4 Million in Grants in FY 15

With the record-breaking Investing in Justice Campaign as the principal engine, the CBF was able to award a total of more than $4 million in grants in its FY 2015. Your generous support of the Campaign, along with the CBF’s many other foundation, government and individual partners, makes it possible for the CBF grants program to invest in the entire pro bono and legal aid system and make an impact that no one individual or entity could acting alone.

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March 24, 2015

Meet Lee Robbins, the Newest CBF Equal Justice Works Fellow

It’s easy to mark the “troublesome” students in class as, well, troublesome—and punish them as such.

Johnny, for example, is always talking in class. He talks over the teacher, he interrupts the students. His behavior is disruptive, so the easy solution is to throw him out of the classroom, right?

But what if Johnny has undetected autism? Or what if Amanda, who often skips class, is struggling with anxiety due to trauma at home?

As a high school special education teacher, Lee Robbins saw how such students were not receiving the academic and behavioral supports they needed, and as a consequence, they often fell victim to school discipline and even academic failure (students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of school suspension!). She went to law school with the mission of securing educational rights for students with disabilities, and is currently making a splash at Equip for Equality as a CBF-sponsored Equal Justice Works Fellow.

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November 25, 2014

Helping Dedicated Advocates Serve Others

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.

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October 15, 2014

Helping Dedicated Advocates Serve Others

The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) presented the 2014 CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowships to five legal aid attorneys and the 2014 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship to a law student who plans to pursue a career in public service. One of the CBF’s top priorities is to make it possible for dedicated attorneys to pursue and remain in careers in legal aid. By providing key financial assistance, these programs make it possible for committed attorneys to maintain careers in legal aid amidst 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.

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