Northwestern Student Chapter


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Chapter of the

Collaboration for Justice

The Collaboration for Justice (CFJ) is the joint social justice effort of Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers.  Chicago Appleseed is a nonpartisan, independent research and advocacy organization building trustworthy and unique connections between community advocates and the justice system. Chicago Appleseed improves lives by changing courts.  Chicago Appleseed works in collaborative partnership with the Chicago Council of Lawyers, the public interest bar association in Chicago, in advancing the administration of justice.

Students involved in the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law chapter of CFJ collect information that gets put to real use by policymakers and attorneys. CFJ students visit courtrooms throughout Chicago to observe how judges assign public defenders to indigent defendants, and assist in other projects as needed to influence Cook County court reform. In the past, students’ observations helped Chicago Appleseed develop a report that resulted in new, comprehensive guidelines for indigence hearings in Cook County. CFJ  will continue to offer opportunities for law students to engage with the many problems of the Cook County “justice system” and to affect real, positive change.


CFJ Executive Board Contact Information: 


Brittany Alzfan, Co-President 

brittanyalzfan2019 [at] nlaw [dot] northwestern [dot] edu

 Rosalind Dillon, Co-President

rosalinddillon2019 [at] nlaw [dot] northwestern [dot] edu

 Sarah Aagard, Vice President of External Relations

sarahaagard2019 [at] nlaw [dot] northwestern [dot] edu 

 Alexander Ogren, Vice President of Operations

alexanderogren2019 [at] nlaw [dot] northwestern [dot] edu


For more information on how to get involved with CFJ, please contact Brittany Alzfan at brittanyalzfan2019 [at] nlaw [dot] northwestern [dot] edu