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Like other courts across the nation, Cook County is seeing increasing numbers of self-represented parties in the courts. At the same time that litigants are finding it harder to pay for legal services, Cook County has a projected budget deficit of $152 million for 2014, which has resulted in a reduction in the number of… Continue Reading

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin examined the issue of money in judicial elections in their annual Law Day issue last Sunday, April 26th. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Monkus was among the people interviewed for the article, which was framed around the Williams-Yulee case, which was still pending in the Supreme Court at the time of the… Continue Reading

  Today the Chicago Sun-Times issued an editorial in support of the Field Drug Testing Pilot Bill that Chicago Appleseed was instrumental in developing. The editorial can be found here and previous entries on our blog describing the issue can be found here.  The current version of the bill HB356, has passed the Illinois House… Continue Reading

Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers were invited to join an amicus brief filed in Williams-Yulee v. the Florida Bar, examining whether a rule of judicial conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. The brief was submitted on behalf of state and local judicial election reform… Continue Reading

This week, the New York Times published a story about how the child support enforcement systems and policies in U.S. court create a cycle of non-payment by middle and low income parents: Skip Child Support. Go to Jail. Lose Job. Repeat. Unpaid child support became a big concern in the 1980s and ’90s as public… Continue Reading

State’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… Continue Reading

On 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… Continue Reading

Chicago 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… Continue Reading

In 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… Continue Reading

Louisiana 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… Continue Reading

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