Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney is honored to have participated in the 8th annual Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Investing in Justice Campaign. Since the Campaign’s onset, Segal McCambridge has supported this annual event that engages thousands of individual lawyers and legal professionals to come together and contribute generously to help ensure that everyone in our community has access to necessary legal help.
The 2014 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. Segal McCambridge was one of 146 law firms, corporate legal departments and other law-related organizations that participated in this year’s Campaign—up from 137 in 2013. A new record of more than 4,300 individual attorneys and legal professionals contributed more than $1.3 million this year, the highest amount the Campaign has ever raised in individual contributions. Thanks to many generous matching contributions from participating firms and companies, including Segal McCambridge, the 2014 Campaign also set a new record for the overall total raised in the Campaign, $1.81 million.
Campaign grants fund a continuum of legal services, ranging from web-based information and resources to legal aid hotlines, advice desks and clinics, to extended legal representation and larger impact litigation and advocacy. Those receiving services made possible by the Campaign include the elderly, disabled, veterans, children, domestic violence victims, people at risk of losing their homes, immigrants fleeing persecution and abuse, and many other low-income and disadvantaged people in the Chicago area in need of legal assistance.
The Investing in Justice Campaign is the largest campaign of its type anywhere in the country. Over the eight years since its inception, the Campaign has more than doubled in size in the number of donors and dollars contributed. 100 percent of the individual contributions to the Campaign go directly to CBF grants to 34 pro bono and legal aid organizations. This year’s results pushed the Investing in Justice Campaign past a noteworthy milestone as well, with more than $10 million raised and distributed in grants since the Campaign’s inception in 2007.
More information about the Investing in Justice Campaign and the work of the CBF is available on the CBF website.