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Change lives by changing the system.

Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is a social impact research and advocacy organization that identifies community injustices, conducts research necessary to develop proposed solutions and advocates for their implementation. Chicago Appleseed is an affiliate of the Appleseed National Network of Social Justice Centers.

Chicago Council of Lawyers is the public interest reform bar association whichfor more than 40 years has been advocating for a fair and effective administration of justice.

Together, the two organizations constitute the Collaboration for Justice (Collaboration), focusing on judicial reform in Cook County. The Chicago Council of Lawyers works independently of Chicago Appleseed in its efforts to evaluate judges for the purpose of educating voters.

The Collaboration works through Joint Program Advisory Committees which oversee our projects. Members of the Program Advisory Committees also assist in conducting projects, identifying systemic issues, considering ways to use national and local research in developing proposed solutions for Cook County, and preparing policy and editorial statements. There are Advisory Committees on Criminal Justice Reform, the Administration of Justice, Child Support and Family Law Reform, and Immigration Court Reform.

For more information about or to volunteer to be on the Committees or the Collaboration for Justice, please contact Executive Director, Malcolm Rich, at malcolmrich [at] chicagoappleseed [dot] org or call 312-988-6552. To view or download copies of Collaboration reports and policy statements, please visit, or contact Executive Director, Malcolm Rich

Interns work closely with our talented staff, committed board members, and blue ribbon task forces comprised of exceptional professionals in their fields. The work you do will directly influence decisions by major policy makers at the city, county, and state level. Commitments are tailored to your availability and strengths, and can range from interviewing experts, drafting memos and articles, developing recommendations and strategies for implementing systemic reform, writing grants, blogging, court watching, and more.

Here are some ways you can get involved:


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