Legal aid funding drive starts
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Edward I. Grossman, executive director of Chicago Legal Clinic Inc., said his group lost about $60,000 this year.
The tough economy and cuts in the state budget, he said, forced some donors to give less at a time when a record number of Cook County people qualify for legal aid assistance.
Grossman said the group he helped start in 1981 served 40,000 people last year in about a dozen programs with 27 lawyers and 22 support staff - all on a budget of nearly $2.4 million.
Those numbers, however, would be different if the Chicago Bar Foundation's Investing in Justice Campaign didn't exist, he said.
Started in 2007 as a way to raise money from the legal community for local legal aid groups, the foundation launched its 2012 campaign Monday evening at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Read more...