Chicago Appleseed - Fund for Justice

Connect with us:

Chicago Appleseed promotes social justice and government effectiveness by identifying injustice in our community, investigating its causes and proposing effective solutions.

State's Attorney Alvarez Announces Sweeping Reforms To Cook County Drug PoliciesState's Attorney Alvarez Announces Sweeping Reforms To Cook County Drug Policies: Initiative Involves Not Charging Marijuana Misdemeanors, Expanded Drug Deferred Prosecution Program, and a Street-level Diversion Program for Juveniles.   State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez today announced the implementation of a new drug policy in Cook County that will seek to keep nonviolent low level repeat drug offenders out of the criminal justice system [more]
Amy Campanelli To Be Confirmed As New Cook County Public DefenderOn March 11, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle nominated Amy Campanelli to serve as the new Cook County Public Defender. Campanelli, a 23-year veteran of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, is currently serving as the Deputy of Suburban Operations for the Law Office, where she manages more than 150 assistant public defenders, oversees all specialty courts, and acts [more]
2014 Program Report Now AvailableChicago Appleseed Fund for Justice does some of our social justice work through the Collaboration for Justice, a cooperative effort between Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers, a public interest bar association.  For a report on how this Collaboration works, how you can get involved, and a description of some of the 2014 accomplishments, please CLICK [more]
State Farm, Judicial Elections, Integrity and RecusalIn 2011, Chicago Appleseed, with assistance from pro bono attorneys at DLA Piper filed an amicus brief in the Illinois Supreme Court case, Avery v. State Farm. We took no position on the merits of the case, which involved a consumer dispute over replacement parts for insured cars damaged in crashes, but filed an amicus addressing issues raised by the [more]
Louisiana Adopts A Pro Bono in Lieu of CLE RuleLouisiana has amended its continuing legal education requirements to allow credit for pro bono service: Regulation 3.21. Credit may also be earned through providing uncompensated pro bono legal representation to an indigent or near-indigent client or clients. To be eligible for credit, the matter must have been assigned to the Member by a court, a bar association, or a legal services [more]
CLE on the Administrative Process for Child Support EnforcementThanks to everyone who attended our CLE on the Administrative Process for Child Support Enforcement. We'd  especially like to thank Ralph Abt and Yvette Perez-Trevino from DHFS for their thorough presentation, as well as Zeophus Williams of the State's Attorney's office for her presentation. Thanks, also to Judge Pamela Loza, Supervising Judge of the Parentage Court in the Domestic Relation Division, for [more]