News Tag: Future of the Profession


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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March 23, 2022

Jessica BednarzLearn What Value Means to Today’s Legal Consumers at The Future Is Now

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference returns virtually on Thursday, April 21 (Register here). The annual event attracts legal thought leaders from across the nation to discuss the trajectory of the legal profession and what attorneys need to know to keep up.

This year, the conference will explore […]

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March 22, 2022

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches and Toasters v. Typewriters and Toll Booth Operators

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Innovation. It’s what all the cool kids are talking about. It’s something the CBF is proud to be a longtime leader in on the access to justice front, and it’s something we could use a lot more of in our profession and in our justice system.

Thus, the title of […]

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February 24, 2022

Regulating for the Real World

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Last fall, I got an email from an animal rescue charity our family supports that threw me for a loop. It apparently was National Make a Will Month–who knew?!–and they were promoting a free online tool where you can make a will on your own, presumably make provision for […]

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January 27, 2022

A Macro-Legal-Economics Class We All Should Take

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

So yeah, I made up a new word here, but there is a method to the madness. If you ever took a class in economics, you may remember that microeconomics focuses on individual businesses and distinct areas of the market, while macroeconomics looks at the broader dynamics that drive […]

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January 20, 2022

The JEP Welcomes Second All-Female Cohort

On January 10, 2022, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed its eighteenth cohort into the program. This all-female cohort, the second in JEP history, is ready to put their entrepreneurial and legal skills to work as they build socially conscious and innovative practices focused on increasing access to legal solutions for underserved people and small businesses in […]

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January 18, 2022

CBF Pricing Toolkit 2.0 Provides a Framework for Attorneys to Increase Access to Legal Help for Everyday People

One of the biggest barriers everyday people and small businesses face when trying to find a lawyer is they have no idea what it will cost and whether it is a good value for them. That is because most of the consumer legal market still revolves around the billable hour. The new version of the […]

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October 20, 2021

jep logoCongratulations to the Newest JEP Graduates!

The CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project celebrated the graduation of the May 2020 cohort, the 15th cohort of participants to successfully complete the 18-month program. The graduates include Ashley Rodriguez, Seth McCormick, and Kimber Russell. All three have built socially conscious law firms and innovative businesses that strive to offer valuable, cost-effective legal services and products […]

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September 27, 2021

Banned Words for Access to Justice 2.0

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Those of us who care about access to justice use a lot of terms that do our cause no favors. These are words and phrases that either don’t mean anything to our target audience, don’t necessarily mean what we think, or inadvertently just turn people off.

A few years ago, […]

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July 29, 2021

I Can See Clearly Now

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

That Johnny Nash classic set the theme for this year’s CBA/CBF Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon, underscoring the widespread feeling of optimism coming out of the pandemic and being able to gather again in person to honor some unsung heroes of our profession.

We all could see clearly […]

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