News Tag: Pro Bono


March 14, 2018

Mental Health Pro Bono Program

Each year, nearly one in five Americans will experience a mental health concern and countless more will watch a loved one struggle with mental illness. In Cook County alone, 200,000 residents will experience a severe mental health episode each year. When mental illness strikes, friends and family often struggle to understand the available medical, legal, and supportive services; how they intersect; and how they can be accessed on behalf of a loved one.

The Mental Health Pro Bono Pilot Program will provide much-needed assistance to families struggling to get legal help for their loves ones during and after a severe mental health episode. As a pro bono volunteer, you will work directly with families, offering them vitally important information about their legal options ranging from guardianship to involuntary inpatient commitment.

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February 14, 2018

Breaking Poverty Barriers To Equal Justice

Join the CBA’s Legal Aid Committee on Tuesday, March 6th at 3pm for a multimedia, interactive video and panel CLE presentation designed to help legal professionals better understand the life circumstances and day-to-day challenges of their clients who are experiencing poverty. Expert panelists will provide practical strategies to help legal professionals communicate more effectively with their clients and improve client services and case outcomes. Attendees will receive 2.75 PR-CLE credits.

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November 17, 2017

Serving as the Court’s Eyes and Ears to Protect the Vulnerable: CVLS’ Guardian ad Litem Program

Ajay Sundar, an associate at Skadden Arps, wanted to put his legal skills to help others, and he volunteered to do just that through the CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Minors Program.

As Ajay recently recounted, CVLS quickly assigned him a pro bono case involving an eight-year-old named Ley’gacy, who was living with her grandmother. Her grandmother had guardianship because Ley’gacy’s mother was unable to care for her, but her mother—who had a history of mental illness and instability–was now seeking to assert her parental rights. Then, one day, Ley’gacy disappeared from her grandmother’s home. She had been kidnapped by her mother.

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November 9, 2017

New Edition of Premier Resource for Pro Bono Opportunities in the Chicago Area Now Available

The CBF recently released an updated version of our popular Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, a comprehensive resource designed to help attorneys find and connect with pro bono opportunities particularly suited to their interests, skills and schedules. The Guide identifies opportunities by legal subject area (e.g., adoption, eviction); type of representation (e.g., litigation, transactional); client group (e.g., children, elderly); time commitment and availability; and also by organization.

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October 17, 2017

Highlights from the ABA Pro Bono Survey in Illinois

In early 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice—in partnership with the CBF, the Illinois Bar Foundation, and the Public Interest Law Initiative—released a statewide survey to hear directly from attorneys about their experiences with pro bono. The Pro Bono Survey Project is part of a national effort spearheaded by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to study broader pro bono trends across the country.

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October 16, 2017

A Ticket to a Successful and Fulfilling Legal Career

In the toolbox of strategies for making your legal career an accomplished and fulfilling one, there is one tool that is often overlooked and almost always underrated: pro bono. While pro bono should be an integral part of your practice for many fundamental reasons, an added bonus is that it also helps ensure long term success and satisfaction in your career.

So how can doing pro bono work help you advance your career and find fulfillment in our fast changing profession?

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October 12, 2017

The Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Reporting Rule and You

All Illinois lawyers can expect to receive their annual ARDC registration statements this month, which again will include questions about their pro bono work and related financial contributions over the past year pursuant to the pro bono reporting requirement adopted by the Supreme Court in 2006. If you haven’t taken a pro bono case or made a financial contribution yet this year, it’s not too late. There’s still time for you to get involved and contribute before you complete your registration, and below are some resources to help you do that.

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September 21, 2017

Fighting Hate Crime in Illinois

Learn how you can represent victims of hate crimes on a pro bono basis at “Fighting Hate Crime in Illinois: An Overview of Criminal and Civil Remedies and Protections,” presented by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law at Kirkland & Ellis on October 18 from 3-5 pm. Two hours of CLE credit will be available.

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September 14, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria—How to Help on the Legal Aid and Pro Bono Fronts

Post has been updated to include information relief for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria also.

As we continue to tackle our local access to justice challenges, we are also greatly concerned about the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The human toll is creating huge challenges for everyone, and there are lots of ways to contribute through the Red Cross, Salvation Army and others to help meet some of those immediate needs.

As the recovery process begins, many thousands of people are going to need legal help for storm-related issues as well.

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August 29, 2017

Mediate the CCR Way: The Essentials of the CCR Model

Have you ever wondered if mediation is for you but didn’t have the resources to commit to a standard 40-hour training program? Attend the Center for Conflict Resolution’s one day training on November 4th to learn the basics, how to become a CCR volunteer, and earn six CLE credits.

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