Who We Are

Our Guiding Principle

Our common cause as a legal community is to improve access to justice for people in need and to make the legal system fair, equitable, and effective for people of all backgrounds and incomes.

The CBF’S Two-Pronged Approach

Using a mix of grants, advocacy, pro bono and partnerships, the CBF pursues a two-pronged strategy to accomplish our goals:


Invest In Proven Solutions For Today


Spearhead Innovative Initiatives and Legal Reforms for the Long Term

Our Values


Effective and equitable access to justice for all


The special responsibility of lawyers to uphold the value of effective and equitable justice for all


The collective influence of the legal community as a powerful force


Working together to serve the community and ensuring the inclusion of diverse perspectives in all we do


A culture of innovation, adaptation, and continuous improvement in all aspects of how we work and serve

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

The CBF firmly believes that JEDI and the values it reflects are an integral part of reaching our vision of a justice system that is fair, equitable, and accessible for everyone in our community. We are committed to incorporating JEDI into all aspects of our work.

Our History

With thousands of veterans having recently returned from World War II and O’Hare Airport soon to open, the Chicago area in 1948 was about to embark on an era of unprecedented growth. It was then that a small but prominent group of lawyer members of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) came together united in the belief that by pooling their charitable efforts, the members of the Association collectively could make substantial improvements for both their profession and their community. Their vision soon became The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF), which over the past 70+ years has evolved into a major charitable force in the community focused on improving access to justice for people in need.

Meet Our Team

Brian Budzicz

Associate Director of Pro Bono & Programs

Bob Glaves

Executive Director

Sang Yup Lee

Director of Development

Jess Lingle

Director of Finance & Operations

Melanie MacBride

Associate Director of Grants & COO

Cortney Redman

Director of Court Advocacy

Roya Samarghandi

Associate Director of Advocacy, Innovation, & Training

Jessica Uwamusi

Program Manager for Illinois JusticeCorps

Sunitha Vallinayagam

Administrative & Program Coordinator

Emme Veenbaas

Senior Manager of Communications & Events

Samoane Williams

Director of The JEP

Board of Directors


Hon. Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright
Circuit Court of Cook County

Nancy S. Gerrie (Ret.)
Winston & Strawn LLP

1st Vice President
Sang-yul Lee
K&L Gates LLP

Greta Weathersby
WEC Energy Group, Inc.

2nd Vice President
Thomas V. Panoff
Sheppard Mullin

Immediate Past President
Gregory Boyle
Jenner & Block LLP


Daniel Berkowitz
Cruser, Mitchell, Novitz, Sanchez, Gaston & Zimet, LLP

Rachel M. Cannon
Steptoe LLP

Hon. Alison C. Conlon
Circuit Court of Cook County

Vida Cruz
Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management

Kareem Dale
Discover Financial Services

Megan Devaney
Winston & Strawn LLP

Naderh Elrabadi
Elrabadi Law

Christopher J. Esbrook
Esbrook Law LLC

Randall R. Fearnow
Quarles & Brady LLP

David A. Gordon
Sidley Austin LLP

Anne Geraghty Helms
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Robert T. Howell, III
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Hon. LaShonda Hunt
U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Colby Anne Kingsbury
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Ray J. Koenig, III
Clark Hill PLC

Michael Lehrman
Baker McKenzie

Marcie Lape
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Elizabeth P. Lewis
McDermott Will & Emery

Elizabeth V. Lopez
United Airlines, Inc.

Amy B. Manning
McGuireWoods LLP

Maggie Mendenhall Casey
City of Chicago Law Department

Kenneth Mathieu
Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Lisa Montez
Builders Vision

Ian H. Morrison
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Hon. Nichole C. Patton
Circuit Court of Cook County

Caitlin Kolb Poirier
Crowe LLP

Kevin Robinson
Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

John Sciaccotta
Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa

Colleen Strasser
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Susan Valentine
Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.

Brent Vincent
Lathrop GPM

Sandra Yamate
Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession


Young Professionals Board


Paul E. Bateman, Jr.
Sperling & Slater, LLC

Allison Siebeneck
ACLU of Illinois

Vice President
Kernisha Padilla
Latham & Watkins LLP

Board Members

Joy Anderson

Kenyatta Beverly
Davey Tree Expert Company

Jason Bradford
Jenner & Block LLP

Kacie Brinkman
Ropes & Gray LLP

Rebecca K. Bryant
Dearborn Life Insurance Group

Leah Casto
Tropicana Brands Group

Rachel Cheng
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

John Clucas
Monahan Law Group, LLC

Robert C. Collins
Latham & Watkins LLP

Matthew Colman
Syntellis Performance Solutions

Constance Du
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Chair, CBA Young Lawyers Section
Martin Gould
Stinar Gould Grieco & Hensley

Shannon C. Gross
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Patrick Heery
Cook County, Labor Relations

John Klinker
Locke Lord LLP

CBF Board Liaison
Caitlin Kolb Poirier
Crowe LLP

Cara Lawson
Steptoe LLP

Jake Lensing
FTI Consulting

Joanna Long
Long Law Group

Kenneth Matuszewski
Goldberg Segalla

Erin McGowan
Crowe LLP

Jeffrey Moskowitz
J. Moskowitz Law LLC

Corina Oprea
Mondelez International

Mitha Rao
Rao Legal, LLC

Nora Reilly
TransPerfect Legal Solutions

Katie Rinkus
The Prinz Law Firm

Jamie Robertson
Cooley LLP

Rick Ruffing

Eirene Salvi
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Jin To
K&L Gates LLP

Mallory Wildeman
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP