CBA Record February-March 2019
million, raising the overall total to more than $16 million over the course of the Campaign’s 12 years. One hundred percent of those dollars directly supports the work of more than 30 Chicago-area pro bono and legal aid organizations and related initiatives. Those contributions, in turn, have leveraged millions more in legal aid funding from the CBF’s foundation and government grant partners. There are countless social and political issues that demand our attention. However, fighting for justice for all, in its truest and fullest sense, should resonate most strongly with the legal community. If we don’t take the lead in this cause, who will? The impact made through the Cam- paign over the years has proven that real change can happen when our legal community joins together to make equal access to justice a reality. Donations to the Campaign: • Leverage significantly more money from government and other foundations. • Benefit from the CBF’s rigorous grants process, which strategically allocates the Campaign funds to maximize impact and ensures accountability. • Save hundreds of thousands of dollars in other social services by enabling people to resolve legal problems before they spin out of control. With one gift to the Campaign, you support our community’s many outstand- ing pro bono and legal aid organizations, make it possible for pro bono attorneys and market-based efforts to most effectively supplement the work of the overstretched legal aid lawyers, and underwrite innova- tive projects that make our justice system more user-friendly and accessible for people in need. The CBA again is one of the organi- zations participating in the Campaign, and we encourage all CBA members to contribute at chicagobarfoundation.org/ campaign.
Investing in Justice Campaign Chair Linda T. Coberly, Chicago Managing Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, and CBF President Carrie J. Di Santo of CME Group at the IIJ Campaign’s kick-off event.
need for legal help. Less than half of those individuals will be able to access that free legal assistance due to the shortage of pro bono and legal aid services. Generous contributions from our legal community are the catalyst needed to begin changing this narrative. The Investing in Justice Campaign is a community-wide effort, through which thousands of law- yers and legal professionals at more than 150 participating law firms, corporations, the CBA and other organizations come together around the legal community’s common cause of equal access to justice. This month marks the 13th year of the Campaign, which this year is chaired by Linda T. Coberly, Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn LLP’s Chicago office. Since its inception in 2007, the Cam- paign has grown tremendously, more than doubling the amount raised, more than tripling the number of individuals con- tributing, and more than quadrupling the number of firms, companies and organiza- tions participating. Last year, more than 5,200 individuals donated more $1.55
• Domestic violence survivors represented by an attorney are 2.5 times more likely to successfully obtain a protective order than those who do not have a lawyer. • In almost half of the cases in which a child was represented in immigration court by a lawyer, the court allowed the child to stay in the United States. When children appeared in immigration court without a lawyer, nine out of ten were ordered deported. • Tenants represented by a lawyer were six times more likely than unrepresented ones to win in court. Generally, almost 90% of landlords are represented by a lawyer, while less than 10% of tenants have representation. These numbers demand both our atten- tion and our action. While Chicago does possess a robust pro bono and legal aid network, the available resources still do not come close to carrying the weight of the need that still exists. This year, an estimated 600,000 low-income residents in Cook County will have a
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