Our Community
Our Community

More than 1.4 million Cook County residents are living at or near poverty, unable to pay for often critical legal help.

There are only about 300 full-time legal aid attorneys to help them.

Our Profession
Our Profession

There is a huge gap in access to civil legal assistance for the low-income and disadvantaged people who most need the protections of our justice system.

We as a legal community can do something about it.

Our Foundation
Our Foundation

Through grants, advocacy, pro bono and partnerships, the CBF takes a system-wide approach to increasing the availability of legal assistance for those most in need.

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You Make It Possible

Connect with your community through the CBF to make a difference in this vital cause.

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What's New

  • A Fair and Responsible Response to the Recent Influx of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors
    August 5, 2014

    At its core, the recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border is a humanitarian issue and should be addressed with that recognition. By putting aside political posturing and focusing on the real problems driving this crisis, we can resolve the issue fairly and effectively–and without unnecessarily putting these children at risk of further harm. Read more…

  • CBF Welcomes New President and Board Members
    July 23, 2014

    Jesse Ruiz, a Partner at Drinker, Biddle & Reath and a leader in Chicago’s legal community, took the helm as the 2014-2015 CBF Board President at the CBF’s July board meeting. A member of the board since 2009, Jesse becomes the 33rd President in the CBF’s history and takes over at an exciting time for the CBF. Read more…

  • Pro Bono and Public Service Heroes Honored
    July 17, 2014

    Some of the most influential work done by Chicago’s legal community flies under the radar. The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 16th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 15, 2014 highlighted some of that important work, honoring seven truly exemplary lawyers in our community before more than 700 attendees at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago. Read more…