News Tag: JEP


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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March 2, 2016

How the JEP Helped One Lawyer Achieve Her Dream

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.

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November 12, 2015

JEP Welcomes New Class

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:

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September 22, 2015

JEP Welcomes Senator Durbin

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 […]

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September 2, 2015

Bridging the gap

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.

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May 19, 2015

MacArthur Foundation Grant Recognizes Great Potential of Justice Entrepreneurs Project

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.

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May 6, 2015

jep logoJEP Featured at ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services

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.

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April 1, 2015

Spaces: Justice Entrepreneurs Project

Serious Work, Relaxed Environment

Chicago Lawyer
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.

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March 4, 2015

Solo practitioners cite benefits of legal incubators

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.

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