CBA Record September 2018

Chicago Bar Foundation Report

The CBF Marovitz Scholarship Helping Future Legal Aid Leaders

By Dina Merrell CBF Associate Director

including children and youth with mental illness; tenants facing eviction; immigrant children and their families; and many other people in need.The CBFMarovitz Scholar- ship allowed them to better focus on law school without the distraction and stress that often accompany years of financial hardship due to student loans. The Marovitz Scholarship is one of several CBF fellowship and scholarship programs that help make it possible for committed attorneys to pursue legal aid and public service careers despite the often overwhelming financial challenges that most students now encounter with skyrocketing levels of student loan debt. Through these programs, the CBF has helped over 100 inspiring legal aid and public interest attorneys to pursue and continue their important work to make our justice system more fair and accessible for everyone. Through Judge Marovitz’s vision, he gave back to the legal profession and our community by leaving a uniquely mean- ingful and lasting gift, which in addition to the scholarship also provided important support for the CBF’s overall work. Meet Shannon Glover, Our 2018 Recipient Shannon Glover, an incoming first-year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the 2018 CBFMarovitz Scholar, has a strong desire to create change

“Everybody can’t do big things, but we all can do little things that help others.” T hat phrase was one of the trademarks of the late Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, both in word and deed. Throughout his distinguished life and career, Judge Marovitz, or “Judge Abe” to the many who knew him, was a firm believer that financial need should not be a bar to dedicated young students who want to pursue careers in public service. As we celebrate the CBF’s 70th Anniver- sary, we look back to a “little thing” Judge Marovitz did to help aspiring law students pursue their dreams of helping others—the CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law School Scholarship. First awarded in 2004, the Marovitz Scholarship was made possible by a generous planned gift by Judge Marovitz. The Scholarship honors Judge Marov- itz’s legacy by recognizing an incoming law student who is deeply committed to public interest law and has demonstrated financial For more information on recipients of the Marovitz Scholarship, visit chicagobar-

The late Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz

need. These funds—$40,000 over three years—permit the Scholar to complete law school with as little debt as possible and releaves the financial pressures that can prevent the student from pursuing a legal aid career. To date, the CBF has awarded 16 Marovitz Scholarships. The Scholars, past and present, are an impressive and inspiring group of future and practicing lawyers who are passionate about helping vulnerable people in our community with their basic legal needs. Alums are currently working with people with disabilities,


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