When we talk about The Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF) 7th annual Investing in Justice Campaign, we talk about making a difference. In a sense, though, it’s just as much about standing up to indifference. As lawyers, doing nothing about the lack of equal access to justice in our legal system for so many people in need is just not an option. We cannot stand silent or still on this issue. We must move forward.
Most people believe that if they saw an injustice with their own eyes—a homeless child, a woman in the midst of a domestic violence situation, an injured victim of a crime—they would do something to help and not just look the other way. Yet as a legal community, if we do nothing to improve access to justice when so many people in our community can’t afford necessary legal help in situations like these, that is looking the other way.