News Tag: JEP
June 3, 2016
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.Tags: JEP read more ...
April 6, 2016
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.Tags: JEP | Resources read more ...
March 2, 2016
Joanna Long, an alum of the CBF’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP), was featured on “In Their Own Words,” a series by the American Bar Association that highlights lawyers from around the country sharing the benefits of incubator project.Tags: Incubator | JEP | Legal Innovation read more ...
November 12, 2015
The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) began its sixth class of participants this week, bringing the program’s network to more than 50 lawyers who are currently participating in or have completed the program and remain part of the JEP network. The new participants, chosen through a competitive selection process, are:Tags: JEP | Training read more ...
September 22, 2015
On September 18, Senator Richard Durbin visited the office of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, an incubator for lawyers to start their own socially-conscious law practices. At his speech at the 2015 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon in August, the Senator had highlighted the JEP as an example of an innovative approach to closing the […]Tags: JEP read more ...
September 2, 2015
What can the UK legal system learn from the Chicago Bar Foundation’s innovative Justice Entrepreneurs Project?
The American Bar Association conference July 30-August 4 in Chicago brought in representatives from around the world, including Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, Alistair MacDonald. Intrigued by the concept of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, which he visited, MacDonald penned his thoughts on the program and whether it would work in the UK legal system. Read his article Bridging the gap in Counsel Magazine.Tags: CBF in the News | JEP read more ...
May 19, 2015
CBF Report April/May 2015
New grant will support innovative solutions for making essential legal help more affordable and accessible
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded the CBF’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) a two-year, $400,000 grant. The JEP is an incubator for newer lawyers to start innovative, socially conscious law practices in the Chicago area that provide affordable services to low and moderate income people, a vastly underserved client base. JEP lawyers build sustainable and flexible practices by leveraging technology, offering fixed fees and a la carte services, and maximizing collaboration with clients.Tags: CBA Record | JEP read more ...
May 6, 2015
Terri Mascherin of Jenner & Block LLP and chair of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project steering committee, gave a featured presentation about the JEP at the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services.Tags: Incubator | JEP | Legal Innovation read more ...
April 1, 2015
Serious Work, Relaxed Environment
By Dustin J. Seibert
The loft-style office of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project looks less like a conventional law firm and more like a small tech startup.
The main area consists of rows of desks separated only by frosted partitions with phone and laptop chargers jutting through them from the floor.
Mailboxes consist of individually labeled Tupperware containers stacked on a cart in the corner of a collaborative space.
There’s one conference room, one copy machine, a stripped-down kitchen space and the basic understanding that employees clean up after themselves.Tags: CBF in the News | Chicago Lawyer Magazine | JEP read more ...
March 4, 2015
San Diego Daily Transcript
By Lyle Moran
As the longtime owner of San Diego Music Studio, Robin Sassi says that being a small-business owner can be lonely and isolating.
So after Sassi graduated from California Western School of Law a few years ago, she hoped to work at a law firm where she would have colleagues with whom she could share the ups and downs of being a new lawyer.
But after months without finding a job, Sassi started doing legal work on her own.
It was during that time, in 2012, when she was approached about joining California Western’s planned Access to Law Initiative, an incubator providing space and training for new lawyers wanting to serve clients of modest means.Tags: CBF in the News | JEP read more ...