News Tag: Investing in Justice Campaign


May 21, 2015

Investing in Justice Campaign Sets New Records

Many thousands of people in the Chicago area will receive much-needed legal help thanks to the record-breaking success of this year’s Investing in Justice Campaign.

A new record of 147 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations participated in this year’s Campaign, which was chaired by Brett Hart, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at United, Inc. More than 4,700 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.45 million, both of which also are new records for the Campaign.

The thousands of individual contributions to the Campaign leverage hundreds of thousands in additional funding for this work as well. This year’s Campaign will yield more than $2 million in grants to 34 pro bono and legal aid organizations thanks to a number of generous matching contributions from participating firms and companies and additional foundation and government funding the CBF is able to leverage through the Campaign grants process.

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April 20, 2015

your campaign in action iconWhen Every Case is an Emergency

Startling statistics have made their way to headlines and stirred a national conversation on the topic of domestic violence, and they indicate that abusive partners don’t discriminate. A woman is beaten every nine seconds in the U.S. Men and transgender individuals often are victims as well. Locally, the Chicago Police Department handled 80,935 domestic-related calls […]

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March 24, 2015

your campaign in action iconGiving Students the Chance to Thrive

Jason, a nine-year-old boy diagnosed with autism, ADHD and significant emotional disabilities, was getting suspended nearly every day and was steps away from expulsion. School discipline reports described him as violent, noncompliant and unwilling to be helped. The boy that Equip for Equality (EFE) attorney Lee Robbins met, however, was kind, introduced her to his entire family, and showed her the treasures he was carrying around in his toy tool belt.

After negotiating with the school district, Lee assisted Jason’s family in placing him in a different school that provided him with an individualized Behavior Intervention Plan that addresses his social-emotional and behavioral concerns. The school welcomed him and developed a tailored behavior incentives program used at home and in school, complete with behavior reminder badges that he could wear.

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March 18, 2015

Striking a Blow Against Inequality by Increasing Access to Justice

CBF Report February/March 2015

The 2015 Investing in Justice Campaign

As the 9th annual CBF Investing in Justice Campaign kicks off this month and election seasons are heating up, seemingly everyone is talking about the problem of rising inequality in our society. While there are a variety of viewpoints on the causes and solutions for this problem, one thing we in the legal community all can agree upon is that it has no place in the justice system. That is a central theme for this year’s Campaign, which is being chaired by Brett Hart, Vice President and General Counsel at United Airlines, Inc.

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February 27, 2015

your campaign in action iconA Place to Sleep Is Just the Start

Being a teenager already can be a struggle at times€¦but imagine being a homeless teenager. The constant worry of having to figure out where you’ll sleep that night is a fraction of your worries. Imagine struggling to stay in school because you’re doing homework on a couch in your friend’s noisy living room. Imagine breaking your leg but not having the legal identification records needed to get medical attention.

Homeless youth need someone to fight for their basic rights to overcome these challenges, and your support of the Investing in Justice Campaign is helping to make that possible.

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January 20, 2015

your campaign in action iconEmpowering People with Second Chances and Opportunity

None of us would want to be forever judged only by the worst things we have ever done, particularly when those things happened long ago. Yet that is exactly what happens for many thousands of people who had what were often minor brushes with the law earlier in their lives and are now trying to move forward, a reality that disproportionately impacts people in low-income and disadvantaged communities. One of the many ways you are making a difference through your support of the Investing in Justice Campaign is empowering people in these circumstances to get the second chances they are entitled to under the law through the good work of Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA).

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January 20, 2015

A Year of Impact That You Made Possible

CBF Report January 2015

A Year of Impact That You Made Possible

Thanks to your generous support of the CBF, 2014 saw impressive progress in the fight to make the justice system more fair and accessible for everyone in our community. You can be proud of the impact you are making through your Foundation. Below are just a few highlights, and you can learn more about this important work and how you can get more involved by visiting chicagobarfoundation.org. Thank you again for coming together with your colleagues from throughout the legal community to make a difference.

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January 15, 2015

Brett Hart to Chair 2015 CBF Investing in Justice Campaign

Brett J. Hart, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of United Airlines, Inc., will lead the CBF’s 9th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign, which kicks off the week of March 2nd and runs throughout the month.

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November 21, 2014

your campaign in action iconCVLS Celebrates 50 Years of Pro Bono

Pro bono legal work was almost unheard of 50 years ago, and to the extent it was, it was often frowned upon. With that backdrop, attorney John Ferren and a group of young lawyers founded Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) on June 2, 1964.

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October 15, 2014

your campaign in action iconLawndale Christian Legal Center

Based in North Lawndale, LCLC serves the neighborhood’s youth, ages 24 and younger, involved with the criminal justice system. The organization’s mission is to provide holistic integrated legal and social services.

We don’t just deal with a youth’s legal case in isolation, but walk alongside them through whatever they’re dealing with socially as well to become good citizens and leaders, said Danae Kovac, LCLC director of operations and development.

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