News Tag: Future of the Profession


July 26, 2022

How Did Legal Services Get So Unaffordable, and What Are We Going to Do About It?

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Over the past 50 years, we gradually have gone from a time in our country where the average middle-class person or small business generally could find affordable legal services when they needed them to a time today where everyday people struggle to afford legal help and lawyers often joke […]

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July 25, 2022

New Study Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for Legal Aid Lawyers and Their Organizations

A comprehensive new study of the legal aid community in Illinois conducted by Mercer for the CBF gives a sobering yet inspiring view of what it is like to be a legal aid lawyer today and what we can do to better support these dedicated lawyers and those interested in pursuing these vital careers in […]

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July 22, 2022

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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June 22, 2022

An Innovation Playbook for Access to Justice

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Over the past several posts, I’ve given an overview of innovation and talked about when it does and does not make sense in the quest to improve access to justice. For all the ways technology plays a key role (though often not in the ways we might first think), […]

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June 20, 2022

Three More Trailblazing Attorneys Join JEP Network

On June 6th, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed its nineteenth cohort into the program. These three attorneys— Nick Hafen, Kadijah Hall, and Braden Tilghman —are eager to start innovative, socially conscious firms focused on helping people in the middle market access affordable legal help. The new JEPers join over 60 attorneys currently in the […]

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June 10, 2022

CBF Op-Ed Featured in Crain’s Chicago Business Equity Series

As part of their ongoing Equity series, which this month focuses on law, Crain’s Chicago Business is featuring an op-ed from several CBF leaders to emphasize the commitment and responsibility of our legal community to lead the way on ensuring the justice system is fair, equitable, and accessible to all Chicagoans.

Read the Crain’s Op-Ed…

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May 26, 2022

Innovation, Part 2: It’s Not Just About Technology

There are many myths and misconceptions about innovation, and one of the biggest is conflating the term with technology. As I talked about in last month’s part 1 of this post, technology indeed has a huge role in innovation, though not always in the way we might first think.

However, innovation is far more than technology. […]

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May 26, 2022

aba logoCBF Featured at Annual Equal Justice Conference

The ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, the principal gathering for the many partners working on access to justice issues around the country, was held earlier this month in Minneapolis, and CBF programs were prominently on display.

“Effective Strategies for Serving Clients Above the Legal Aid Income Eligibility Level, Just Don’t Call It Low Bono”

This session focused on […]

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May 23, 2022

court buildingNew Study Underscores the Scale of Unmet Need for Legal Help

The Legal Services Corporation recently released the 2022 Justice Gap Study, the first comprehensive national report on the state of access to legal assistance in years. Along with its focus on low-income and disadvantaged Americans, the report for the first time looks at access for middle income and higher income Americans and shows just how […]

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April 22, 2022

Innovation and Access to Justice—Part One

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Two questions for you to ponder at the start of this post:

  • What was the share of retail sales that happened online as we ended 2021?
  • How does that share compare to the pre-pandemic trend?

The answers follow below, and you may be wondering, what the heck does that have to do […]

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