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Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers welcome you to their Collaboration For Justice's annual celebration of the contributions of our firm and organizational partners, pro bono lawyers, and donors who are dedicated to improving lives by improving courts.




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A special thank you to our generous sponsors for their support...


Thank You To Our Sponsors

Week 1 Recap - Week 2 Recap - Week 3 Recap


Watch the video below to learn about ADVOCATE SPONSOR Latham & Watkins' contributions to our work...

We have launched this virtual Pro Bono Spotlight to celebrate the volunteers whose contributions have directly supported the Collaboration for Justice’s mission to make courts equitable, transparent, and accessible. The contributions of these volunteers have allowed us to help hundreds-of-thousands of people in Cook County, Illinois, and across the country.


The Chicago Appleseed Fund For Justice is a research and advocacy nonprofit that leverages unique insights and best practices to make the court system more fair, accessible, and effective. The Chicago Council of Lawyers is Chicago's first public interest bar association, whose focus is the benefit of non-members, particularly those from communities that historically have not had equal access to the justice system. Together, these organizations form the Collaboration for Justice. 


Our organization operates with a multidisciplinary staff, but we could not accomplish our systemic reform agenda alone. Our work is powered by like-minded legal professionals, students, activists, academics, and organizations like those in the international Appleseed Network.  That’s why each year in the Spring, we celebrate our combined efforts in support of the true spirit of equitable justice.



Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers are in a unique Collaboration for Justice, dedicated to making our courts fair and accessible for all people. We are a hub for lawyers, activists, and community members dedicated to identifying and fighting for evidence-based solutions to common daily injustices in our courts. By improving courts, we improve lives. 


Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers have been effective in achieving justice system improvements because of contributions from dedicated volunteers, professionals, lawyers, and Council members. With your help, our Collaboration for Justice has helped hundreds-of-thousands of people in Cook County, Illinois, and the country as a whole. We hope you can support us by sponsoring our June Pro Bono Spotlight as a friend, ally or advocate sponsor or by making an individual donation.

WEEK 1  Individual & Student Volunteers


During the first week of our Pro Bono Spotlight we recognized the assertive spirit of our law student volunteers, as well as the enthusiasm and determination of the individual volunteers who fuel our efforts.  Please take a moment to hear them speak about their experience working within the Collaboration for Justice...


Why pursue pro bono work for Chicago Appleseed

and the Chicago Council of Lawyers?

"The local work that Appleseed and the Council focuses on could affect people we know, work with, and interact with in our daily lives. The organization is doing incredibly powerful and important work and I enjoy contributing in any way that I can."



University of Chicago Law Student

WEEK 2  The Impact of a Donation


During the second week of our Pro Bono Spotlight we heard from a few of our dedicated volunteers. Their thoughts on the value of their work with the Collaboration for Justice provide excellent insight into why it's deserving of your financial support. Please click here to contribute today, and help our team best support the expertise and passion of volunteers like Liz Yablonicky, David Melton, and David Schrodt.

"It amazes me how much Appleseed is able to accomplish with such a small but mighty team, and I know it is made possible by the pro bono work and contributions made by the legal community."

Brianna Hill

Loyola University Law Student


WEEK 3  Take Action - Donate Today

Please take a moment to view the videos in this section, and hear directly from donors who are eager for you to join them in their support of the Collaboration for Justice. To borrow a word from donor Eamon Daly, your contribution is an INVESTMENT in restoring equity and justice in the city of Chicago.


"When it comes to Chicago Appleseed and the Collaboration for Justice,

I always talk about it as an INVESTMENT versus a donation. I feel like Chicago Appleseed has done so much work to try to fundamentally change the infrastructure of this city, and restore some degree of equity and justice in the Chicago courts."

Eamon and Kay Daly

Chicago Residents, and Longtime Financial Supporters of the Collaboration for Justice