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IBF Grants Committee Member Sharon Eiseman of Chicago presents a $10,000 grant to Sandy Blake of Life Span.
IBF Grants Committee Member Sharon Eiseman of Chicago presents a $10,000 grant to Sandy Blake of Life Span.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $10,000 grant to Life Span's Center for Legal Services in Des Plaines, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,965. Life Span provides legal services to victims of domestic violence in Chicago and the north and northwest suburbs. The $10,000 grant was made to support the salary of an attorney in the Des Plaines office, providing legal services to victims of domestic violence in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. The attorney provides representation to clients in both the Rolling Meadows (District 3) and Skokie (District 2) Courthouses. The Des Plaines office currently turns away 40 percent of the victims of domestic violence who reach out for services, because, although they fit in the guidelines, they do not have enough attorneys to take the cases. ISBA member Sandy Blake is the attorney in the Des Plaines office.
The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has announced the recipients of its new grants totaling $304,965 awarded to 32 law-related nonprofit organizations, including: Chicago
  • Apna Ghar, Inc., $7,500
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, $15,000
  • CARPLS, $25,000
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, $5,000
  • Center on Halsted, $5,000
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, $8,000
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, $15,000
  • Equip for Equality, $20,000
  • Family Rescue, $7,500
  • Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice, $10,000
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, $5,000
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online, $20,000
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, $7,500
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services, $10,000
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, $15,000
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, $5,000
Elsewhere in Illinois
  • CASA of Franklin County, Benton, $2,500
  • CASA of Jefferson County, Mt. Vernon, $2,000
  • CASA of McHenry County, Woodstock, $2,000
  • Center for Prevention of Abuse, Peoria, $5,000
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, Springfield, $13,465
  • Macon County CASA, Decatur, $5,000
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., Rockford, $15,000
  • St. Clair County CASA, Belleville, $10,000
  • Dove Domestic Violence Program, Decatur, $10,000
  • Life Span, Des Plaines, $10,000
  • Catholic Urban Programs/Neighborhood Law Office, East St.
IBF Board member and ISBA 1st Vice President Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon presents a $2,500 check to Mariah Hayes, Executive Director of CASA of Franklin County.
IBF Board member and ISBA 1st Vice President Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon presents a $2,500 check to Mariah Hayes, Executive Director of CASA of Franklin County.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $2,500 grant to CASA of Franklin County, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. CASA of Franklin County recruits, trains and supports volunteers to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Franklin County Juvenile Dependency Court. According to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in 2006, Franklin County was 10th in the state with the highest number of child abuse and neglect reports based on population. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation’s mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This past year, through the support of ISBA members, IBF distributed more than $425,000 to support these efforts.
IBF Board member and ISBA 2nd Vice President John Locallo of Chicago presents a $25,000 check to Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director.
IBF Board member and ISBA 2nd Vice President John Locallo of Chicago presents a $25,000 check to Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant to CARPLS Legal Aid, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995 and the largest grant awarded. CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the every day legal problems confronting low-income residents of Cook County. CARPLS' Legal Aid Hotline and court-based Advice Desks give low-income clients direct access to attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS' unique legal triage system serves as a model for legal aid services across the county and increases access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal services for the poor. This year, CARPLS assisted more than 50,000 low income clients. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation's mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.
IBF Board members Russell Hartigan (left) of Chicago and George Mahoney (right) of Joliet present a $15,000 grant to Meg Benson, CVLS Executive Director.
IBF Board members Russell Hartigan (left) of Chicago and George Mahoney (right) of Joliet present a $15,000 grant to Meg Benson, CVLS Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $15,000 grant to Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. Founded in 1964, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation (CVLS) is one of the oldest and largest pro bono programs in the country. Last year, nearly 2,000 volunteers provided legal assistance to over 17,000 low-income people. The 2004 Illinois Legal Needs Study found that CVLS is the largest pro bono program in the state, handling nearly 45% of all pro bono cases. One quarter of all cases statewide handled by a legal services program are handled by a CLVS volunteer or staff attorney. The IBF grant specifically supports the Chancery Court Access to Justice Program, a cooperative venture between CVLS and Cook County's Chancery Court. Chancery Court judges appoint CVLS to represent pro se low-income parties in mortgage foreclosures and partitions, actions to quiet title, subsidized housing evictions and appeals of government administrative decisions.
IBF Grants Committee Member Lori Levin of Chicago presents an $8,000 grant to Gail Smith, CLAIM's Executive Director.
IBF Grants Committee Member Lori Levin of Chicago presents an $8,000 grant to Gail Smith, CLAIM's Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $8,000 grant to Chicago Legal Advocacy to Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. CLAIM provides legal and educational services to imprisoned mothers and their children's caregivers. CLAIM's On-Site Services provide intensive individual legal advice and representation to mothers in Dwight, Lincoln, Decatur and Kankakee Correctional Centers, Fox Valley Adult Transitional Center, the Metropolitan Correctional Center and in Cook County Jail. With early legal advice, provision of short-term guardianship forms and representation for court-ordered guardianship, mothers can forge sound plans for their children and in many cases can avoid foster care placement. In 2008, CLAIM represented 450 women, up 38 percent from 2007.
IBF Grants Committee Member Judge James Wexstten of Mt. Vernon presents a $20,000 grant to Linda Zazove, Deputy Director and Christopher Dain, Director of Development, of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.
IBF Grants Committee Member Judge James Wexstten of Mt. Vernon presents a $20,000 grant to Linda Zazove, Deputy Director, and Christopher Dain, Director of Development, of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $20,000 grant to Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in East St. Louis, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,965. Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation provides free civil legal assistance to low-income persons and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois through five regional offices and a centralized Legal Advice and Referral Center. The $20,000 grant was made to support the new Education Advocacy Project, a collaboration of Land of Lincoln's East St. Louis Office and the Griffin Center. The purpose of the project is to advocate for the educational rights of children in District 189 (East St. Louis) and to support and empower parents and teachers in their efforts to provide children with a quality education and strong academic foundation. Five hundred elementary age children, who participate in after school programs with Griffin Center, are represented by the program.
IBF Grants Committee Member Judge Nancy Katz of Chicago presents a $10,000 grant to Kendra Reinshagen, Executive Director of Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago.
IBF Grants Committee Member Judge Nancy Katz of Chicago presents a $10,000 grant to Kendra Reinshagen, Executive Director of Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $10,000 grant to Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago, one of 32 grants awarded in 2009 totaling $304,995. Founded in 1886, the Legal Aid Bureau (LAB) of Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) is the oldest provider of legal services to low-income people in Chicago and the second oldest in the country. LAB provides free legal assistance to the impoverished, domestic violence victims, children and the elderly. This grant specifically supports LAB’s Poverty Law Project located at Metropolitan Family Services’ Midway and Calumet Community Centers, providing community-based consumer and housing law advice, representation and education to underserved residents of Chicago’s south side. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation’s mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.
ISBA Immediate Past President Jack Carey (right) thanks Gary Cline of Springfield for his donation.
ISBA Immediate Past President Jack Carey (right) thanks Gary Cline of Springfield for his donation to the Illinois Bar Foundation.
Six Illinois State Bar Association members joined The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation during the ISBA Annual Meeting last week. Additionally, eight Fellows increased their pledges to IBF. The weekend raised $31,000 for the Illinois Bar Foundation. New Fellows
  • Gary Cline, Springfield
  • Kenya Jenkins-Wright, Chicago
  • Julie Matoesian, Edwardsville
  • Daniel O'Brien, Carlinville
  • Marian E. Perkins, Chicago
  • Michael T. Reagan, Ottawa
Upgrades
  • William Anaya, Chicago
  • Perry Browder, East Alton
  • Thomas A. Else, Wheaton
  • Philip E. Koenig, Rock Island
  • Raquel G. Martinez, Chicago
  • Christine M. Ory, Wheaton
  • Perry Smith, Waukegan
  • Douglas B. Warlick, Geneva
As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation’s mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.

IBF Grants Committee Member Ann Hatch of Belleville presents a $15,000 grant to Kathleen O’Keefe, attorney for the Neighborhood Law Office.
IBF Grants Committee Member Ann Hatch of Belleville presents a $15,000 grant to Kathleen O’Keefe, attorney for the Neighborhood Law Office.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $15,000 grant to Catholic Urban Program's Neighborhood Law Office in East St. Louis, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. The Neighborhood Law Office works with residents of East St. Louis to create healthy, safe and strong neighborhoods to stabilize and revitalize a decaying city. NLO brings about demolition of unsafe, abandoned structures, pressures local government for prompt and universal property code enforcement, and saves homes from foreclosure under predatory bond-for-deed home loan practices. Since 1996, NLO has helped bring about the demolition of more than 1600 dangerous, vacant buildings and removal of illegally dumped trash from over 280 lots. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation's mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This past year, through the support of ISBA members, IBF distributed more than $425,000 to support these efforts.