- April 3, 2015
BWM&S is honored to have again participated this year in the 9th annual Chicago Bar Foundation Investing in Justice Campaign, an annual campaign engaging thousands of lawyers and legal professionals to come together around a common cause as a legal profession — helping to ensure that everyone has access to necessary legal help, not just those who can afford it.
The 2015 Campaign set new records across the board while raising awareness and much-needed funding for pro bono and legal aid services in the Chicago area. Our firm was one of 147 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations that participated in this year’s Campaign, through which more than 4,700 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.45 million, both record amounts.
100 percent of individual contributions to the Campaign go directly to CBF grants while leveraging hundreds of thousands in additional funding for this work as well. This year’s Campaign will yield more than $2 million in grants to 34 pro bono and legal aid organizations thanks to a number of generous matching contributions from participating firms and companies, including BWM&S, and with the additional foundation and government funding the CBF is able to leverage through the Campaign grants process.
The grants made possible by the Campaign fund a continuum of much-needed services in our community, including web-based information and resources, legal aid hotlines, advice desks and clinics, extended representation and significant impact litigation. Those receiving services thanks to the Campaign include the elderly, disabled individuals, veterans, children, domestic violence victims, people at risk of wrongfully losing their homes, immigrants fleeing persecution and abuse, and many others in the Chicago area in need of legal assistance.
The Investing in Justice Campaign is the largest campaign of its type in the country. In the course of its nine years, the Campaign has raised more than $11.5 million to help people in need get critical legal assistance.
Thank you to Aaron Stanton for serving as a Campaign Vice-Chair, Jeff Warren and firm management for their continued support and matching donation, the Pro Bono Committee for its efforts, and most importantly to all of the attorneys who participated!
More information about the Investing in Justice Campaign and the work of the CBF is available on the CBF website, chicagobarfoundation.org/campaign/.