Community Service Project to benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository

CALL 2018 Food DriveIn connection with the February business meeting, the Community Service Committee is working with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  The Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank, partnering with over 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and responses for children, older adults and veterans. This network distributes food where it is needed most throughout Cook County. Every day they distribute the equivalent of 164,000 meals and they rely on donors & volunteers to make it happen.

CALL is offering several opportunities to help the Food Depository.

  • Food donations: Please bring any nonperishable canned and packaged foods (no glass) that have yet to expire to the business meeting. Most needed items include: Peanut Butter, Canned Beans, Canned Chili, Canned Soup, Canned Fruit & Vegetables, Canned Fish.
  • Monetary donations: We will be collecting monetary donations at the business meeting. Additionally, we have set up a Virtual Food Drive, where you can contribute online:
  • Volunteer Day at the Food Depository: CALL members have an opportunity to donate their time during a Repack Session at the Food Depository on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM. The Food Depository is located at 4100 W Ann Lurie Place Chicago, IL 60632.  All volunteers need to register with GCFD, which includes an Electronic Waiver.
    • Description of volunteer duties: The Greater Chicago Food Depository regularly needs volunteers to help with repacking donated food and other products. The repack session is a great introduction to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the work we do here, and the need that we see in Cook County. A lot of the food we receive at our warehouse comes in bulk quantities and volunteers are scheduled to help us break it down into more manageable sizes. In a repack session you might be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread, or repacking bulk dry goods (cereal, pasta, rice) into smaller quantities. Together, we can properly and efficiently distribute quality food to participating food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old and 14-15 years old must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (who must also register).
    • Parking: Please park on either Karlov or Keeler – the streets east and west of our building.  They are meter-free and Karlov usually has closer parking spaces.  The parking lot is open to volunteers during Saturday sessions.

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Upcoming Event: CALL Continuing Education Program on Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Tools

Register today for the next CALL Continuing Education Program!


Brewing Up Something New: Adding Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Tools into Your Legal Research Curriculum


Join us as Jesse Bowman presents strategies to incorporate data analytics and artificial intelligence tools into legal research instruction, with the goal of producing forward-thinking, practice-ready graduates. Tools such as Ravel’s Judge and Motion Analytics, Casetext’s CARA, Lex Machina, and Bloomberg Law’s Litigation Analytics will be discussed. Attendees will leave with several strategies for crafting exercises that expose students to these new tools.

Speaker: Jesse Bowman, Electronic Research, Technology, and Instructional Services Librarian, Pritzker Legal Research Center, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law


When: October 31, 2017 from Noon-1 p.m.
Where: Via Webinar
A link to the webinar will be sent to you prior to the event.

Register here:


For more information, please contact Sally Baker (

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November CALL Business Meeting

Registration for the November CALL Business Meeting is open and can be completed online at:  Please make sure to select your desired entrée when completing the form.  Registration will remain open until 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.


Meeting Date: November 16, 2017

Location: The Berghoff – 17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

Time: Registration starts at 11:30, lunch begins at 12:00 Noon

Cost: $25.00



Easy Buttons and Digital Natives: pernicious myths that impede productivity. In a provocative talk on what legal professionals don’t do well, Casey will take aim at the erroneous assumptions that cause us to ignore core technology training to our detriment. Casey will situate this failing in the broader context of shifts in the legal market and extoll the virtues of competence-based learning.


About the Speaker

Casey Flaherty is a former in-house and outside counsel who now consults on legal operations, strategic sourcing, technology, process improvement, and metrics. The founder of Procertas, Casey is the creator of the Legal Tech Assessment, a first-of-its-kind benchmarking and training tool for legal technology competence on core desktop software (Word, Excel, PDF). Casey is also the primary author of Unless You Ask: A Guide To Getting More From External Relationships, written and published in partnership with the ACC Legal Operations Section. Due to his efforts to create and promote a more rigorous, empirically-oriented approach to quality and spend management, Casey has been, inter alia, featured in The Washington Post, named an ABA Legal Rebel, and selected as one of the Fastcase 50. Casey also serves on the advisory board of Nextlaw Labs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Upcoming Event: Chicago Legal Tech Innovation Showcase

Is your firm/legal services agency/company combining technology and innovation to serve clients and customers? We want to know about it! The Chicago Legal Tech Innovation Showcase, brought to you by the Chicago Bar Association’s Future of the Profession Committee and Chicago Kent School of Law is October 24th.  Submissions are due by September 29th, 2017.

A panel of distinguished judges will choose five “Best in Show” awards in each of the 2 awards categories: Law Firm/Legal Services and Company/Product/Service. Each award winner will present a 5 minute pitch at the Chicago Kent Auditorium on October 24 and have an opportunity to exhibit during the event. All submissions that meet the criteria will be listed in a Chicago Legal Tech Showcase Guide 2017

The Chicago Legal Tech Innovator Showcase will promote the law firms, legal service providers, and companies that are using technology to improve legal services in the Chicago area and highlight those whose innovations are exceptional. Whether the end result is better legal knowledge management, more affordable legal services, or improved metrics for decision making and analysis—and regardless of how the services are delivered—we want to hear what you are doing and so does Chicago’s legal community!

To learn more and submit see:

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