way that preserves access to justice while balancing public health needs. Among other things, the CBF played an integral role in developing the rule and policy the Illinois Supreme Court adopted for remote appearances. Additionally, the Illinois JusticeCorps program launched the Court Information Helpline in September to help unrepresented litigants answer ques- tions about court procedures, e-filing, and other resources that might be available to assist them. Virtual Events Bring Legal Commu- nity Together Throughout 2020, the CBF hosted virtual iterations of our three annual fundrais- ing events, beginning with Passport to Chicago’s cooking demonstration in May, continuing with the Pro Bono & Public Service Awards Celebration in July, and concluding with the family-friendly Fall Benefit in November. While we missed celebrating with everyone in person, we
2020 Investing in Justice Campaign Chair Sean Berkowitz speaks to guests at the kickoff reception in spring 2020.
and accessible both during the pandemic and in the years ahead.
were thrilled with the success of these efforts to come together as a community to ensure that the justice system is more fair
California’s most respected neutrals are now offering mediations nationwide using secure video conference technology.