News Tag: Legal Aid Organizations

June 25, 2015

CBF Awards More Than $4 Million in Grants in FY 15

With the record-breaking Investing in Justice Campaign as the principal engine, the CBF was able to award a total of more than $4 million in grants in its FY 2015. Your generous support of the Campaign, along with the CBF’s many other foundation, government and individual partners, makes it possible for the CBF grants program to invest in the entire pro bono and legal aid system and make an impact that no one individual or entity could acting alone.

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June 24, 2015

Doctor’s Advice: Legal Aid

Putting doctors, hospitals and lawyers together may not sound like a recipe for improving health outcomes. But the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (CMLPC) at the Legal Council For Health Justice is providing a thriving example of the great potential of these models and is one of the many great programs you are making possible through your support of the Investing in Justice Campaign. CMLPC’s focus is on serving low-income families at participating pediatric hospital and medical center sites to address legal issues impacting health outcomes, such as public benefits, special education, housing, immigration, guardianship and more.

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June 23, 2015

Eviction Defense Project

Looking for a summer pro bono project? Represent pro se tenants in eviction court through the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Eviction Defense Project. LCBH will be hosting a training for this project on Wednesday, July 22 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the LCBH Office, 33 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 900.

This hour-long training will cover the basics of landlord-tenant law and eviction defense practice in Chicago. Attendees will learn about the various state and local laws governing landlord-tenant relationships and the ins and outs of the eviction courtroom. Attorneys of all experience levels are welcome and CLE will be provided.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunch. Contact Samira Nazem at with questions and to register.

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May 27, 2015

When Victims Become the Accused

For years, the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) was inadvertently setting a trap for parents who were victims of domestic violence. The scenario: a mother reports abuse for the sake of her family’s safety; in turn, rather than assisting with supportive services, DCFS makes a finding of neglect by the mother.

Under a vague environment injurious clause, DCFS similarly found thousands of domestic violence victims were accountable for neglect of their children. Fortunately, there was someone fighting for their rights: The Family Defense Center, one of the many great organizations you are supporting through the Investing in Justice Campaign.

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May 20, 2015

GAL for Minors Impact of Court Involvement on Children and Families

Learn more about the impact of court involvement on children and families at the upcoming Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) program on Wednesday, June 10 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. (online or at CVLS offices on 33 N. Dearborn). Presenters will include masters and doctoral students from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sign up or learn more…

Attorneys who leave the program inspired to take action can participate in CVLS’s pro bono program for Guardian Ad Litem for Minors in probate court.

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April 22, 2015

Wills for Heroes

Give back to the brave citizens who keep us safe everyday here in Chicago our first responders by volunteering at a CBA Young Lawyers Section Wills for Heroes  event.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave.

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April 20, 2015

When 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

Giving 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 24, 2015

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

You can provide quality legal counsel to survivors of sexual assault and ensure that survivors are not further victimized when they attempt to engage in the criminal justice system’s efforts against rapists. Join CAASE for a training on Monday, March 30th from 12:00 to 2:00 to learn about providing legal representation and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Learn more or email Rachel Johnson to register for the training, or find out about other volunteer opportunities at CAASE.

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March 24, 2015

Meet Lee Robbins, the Newest CBF Equal Justice Works Fellow

It’s easy to mark the troublesome students in class as, well, troublesome and punish them as such.

Johnny, for example, is always talking in class. He talks over the teacher, he interrupts the students. His behavior is disruptive, so the easy solution is to throw him out of the classroom, right?

But what if Johnny has undetected autism? Or what if Amanda, who often skips class, is struggling with anxiety due to trauma at home?

As a high school special education teacher, Lee Robbins saw how such students were not receiving the academic and behavioral supports they needed, and as a consequence, they often fell victim to school discipline and even academic failure (students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of school suspension!). She went to law school with the mission of securing educational rights for students with disabilities, and is currently making a splash at Equip for Equality as a CBF-sponsored Equal Justice Works Fellow.

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