News Tag: JEP


May 17, 2017

JEP Welcomes New Cohort of Participants

On May 8, the Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed a new cohort of participants into the incubator program. They are the ninth class of lawyers to join the JEP network, which now includes over 50 solo and small law firms with lawyers who are currently participating in or have completed the JEP program. We are excited to help these seven attorneys build innovative, affordable, and accessible law practices that meet the needs of low and moderate income people in and around Chicago. The participant attorneys, for their part, are eager to begin their pro bono residencies at CBF-supported legal aid organizations.

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March 23, 2017

JEP Shares Ideas, Lessons Learned at National Conference

Justice Entrepreneurs Project attorneys Magda Derisma, Sonny Thatch, Alyease Jones, and Cliff Helm joined JEP Director Trevor Clarke in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Fourth Annual Access to Justice through Legal Incubators and Nonprofit Law Firms conference. As in years past, the JEP played a prominent role at the three day conference, adding our voices to plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, and breakout groups. The JEP is the largest incubator in the country, responsible for the most incubator participants and alumni (objectively), and the most successful and innovative firms (subjective, yes, but we haven’t heard of any challengers). As such, the JEP has learned a lot, and has a lot to share, about meeting the needs of low and moderate income people through new models of legal service delivery.

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January 20, 2017

CBF & JEP Pricing Toolkit Recognized by the ABA

The CBF and its Justice Entrepreneurs Project are being recognized by the ABA for the Pricing Toolkit. The Toolkit provides lawyers practical guidance on alternative pricing options to help them deliver value in a way that is more predictable, transparent and accessible for regular people. The Toolkit came about after the CBF discovered in the early stages of the […]

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January 17, 2017

JEP Accepting Applications for Participants

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project is seeking entrepreneurial and public interest-minded recent law graduates for its next class of lawyers who will begin the program in May 2017.

At the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, we prepare talented and entrepreneurial lawyers in the Chicago area to manage innovative, socially conscious, and successful law practices. We believe in the power of entrepreneurial lawyers to make a difference as solo practitioners in the quest to ensure access to justice for all.

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November 15, 2016

New JEP Attorneys Begin Program, Pro Bono Residencies

On November 7, the Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed its 8th cohort of participants into the program. We are excited to help these seven attorneys build innovative, affordable, and accessible law practices that meet the needs of low and moderate income individuals in and around Chicago. The participant attorneys, for their part, are excited to begin their pro bono residencies this week at CBF-supported pro bono and legal aid organizations.

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August 31, 2016

From the JEP to Pizza—The StopAlong Opens Today

As Director of the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project from 2013 to 2015, Taylor Hammond guided dozens of newer lawyers in starting their innovative practices. From determining what services to offer clients, to dotting the i’s on insurance coverage, he watched JEP participants build thriving businesses from the ground up. And then he got the entrepreneur itch […]

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August 17, 2016

Art SussmanArt Sussman (1942-2016)

The CBF mourns the passing of Art Sussman, a great lawyer and an even better person. Among Art’s many contributions to making our community a better place over the course of his accomplished legal career, Art was one of the charter members of the Steering Committee that developed the CBF’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project. Art played an integral part in taking the kernels of a good idea to shape and grow the JEP into the thriving initiative it is today. The MacArthur Foundation and the University of Chicago both published good articles about Art and a life well lived, and we extend our condolences to Art’s family and many friends.

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July 5, 2016

JEP Accepting Applications for Participants

The JEP is seeking entrepreneurial and public interest-minded recent law graduates for its next class of lawyers who will begin the program in November 2016. JEP participants will create law practices serving low and moderate income clients. Applications are due Wednesday, August 31.

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June 3, 2016

JEP Network Grows with Six New Participants

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) welcomed a new group of innovation-minded lawyers earlier this month. They are the seventh class of lawyers added to the JEP network, which has about 60 lawyers currently participating in or having completed the program. These lawyers are committed to developing innovative practices providing quality legal services that are affordable and accessible to low and moderate income people.

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April 6, 2016

New JEP Client Referral Guide

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) was formed to address the legal needs of low- and middle-income clients to help close the “justice gap” in our community. People who earn too much to qualify for legal aid—but cannot afford standard law firm rates—can be referred to the JEP for quality legal services that are accessible and affordable. Whether you are an attorney at a legal aid organization or a law firm, you can use this referral guide to help inform you and potential clients of the services available.

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