News Tag: Pro Bono


October 21, 2020

Does it Really Matter?

News Flash: Pro bono is not the complete solution to the huge gap in access to justice. That is actually not news to anyone involved in this work, but it seems a lot more people of late have been highlighting what pro bono can’t do as they make their case for other solutions, often implying in the process that pro bono is less important or less worthy of our resources and attention.

Well, that is just plain wrong. Just because pro bono is not the solution on its own does not mean it is not an integral part of the larger quest to fulfill our nation’s ideal of a fair and accessible justice system for all. Pro bono in fact has a big role to play, and it matters in many other ways as well.

Tags: | read more ...
July 14, 2020

First Virtual CBA and CBF Pro Bono Awards Celebration

Seven unsung heroes in the legal profession were recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary service to our community at The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 22nd annual but first virtual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Celebration on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Tags: | read more ...
May 15, 2020

JEP Welcomes New Cohort of Socially-Conscious Attorneys

On May 4, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed its fifteenth cohort into the program. These six attorneys—Veronica Canton, Sergio Juwa, Seth McCormick, Ashley Rodriguez, Kimber Russell and Salam Zaidan—are eager to take on the immense challenges and need created by COVID-19 by starting innovative and socially conscious practices helping low- and middle-income people and […]

Tags: | read more ...
May 13, 2020

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online has seen an 1000% increase in the use of their resources during the pandemic. You can use your skills and experience to ensure that the content being provided is up to date and accurate. All work can be done remotely and on your own schedule. Contact Andrew Sharp to get started.

Tags: | read more ...
May 6, 2020

Help an Outstanding Attorney Get Some Well-Deserved Recognition

The CBA and CBF are accepting nominations through May 8, 2017 for the Chicago legal community’s prestigious pro bono and public service awards. These awards celebrate exemplary members of the legal profession who have used their talents and resources to improve access to justice for the less fortunate in our community. The recipients will be honored at the CBA and CBF’s Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 17.

Tags: | | | | read more ...
April 21, 2020

Your Foundation at Work in the Pandemic—April 2020

As we hit the six-week mark since the Coronavirus upended our lives, the CBF has been hard at work helping to move the court system to remote access and adapt the way we deliver legal services, support that work, and help others during this crisis. The way our legal community has quickly stepped up to this challenge has inspired us, and following are just a few highlights of the important work you have been making possible during this time.

Tags: | | | | | | read more ...
March 31, 2020

Remote Pro Bono Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19

For attorneys looking to give back while sheltering in place, here is a current listing of pro bono opportunities that are fully remote from training to service delivery. Please keep in mind that information is changing quickly, and we will keep this as up to date as possible. Many organizations will have additional pro bono opportunities that […]

Tags: | read more ...
March 20, 2020

Through This Together, Stronger on the Other Side

As we all continue to adapt to our worlds being turned upside down in the span of less than two weeks, our legal community’s leadership on access to justice will be more important than ever in this time of heightened need. And the CBF already is stepping up our efforts to bring our community together around this common cause to tackle the many emerging challenges and opportunities this crisis is generating.

Tags: | | | read more ...
December 13, 2019

Lawyers in the Classroom

Looking to give back in the new year? The Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom program is seeking volunteers to visit second through eighth grade classrooms to help students to better understand the U.S. Constitution, our legal system, and law-related careers through a fun, interactive curriculum. Learn more at a training on […]

Tags: | | read more ...
November 19, 2019

Fourteenth Cohort of JEPers Kick Off 18-month Incubator Program

A few weeks ago, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed five fantastic attorneys into the program. The “Fab Five,” as they’ve come to be known, are excited to build the type of client-centric firms that embody the principles of the JEP, committed to providing affordable services to the underserved. The new JEPers will join over […]

Tags: | read more ...