Established by Mark and Janet Hassakis, the M. Denny Hassakis Fund focuses on improving Illinois’ juvenile justice system, through advocacy to promote public policy changes and support of programs helping vulnerable youth. 

Recent Grantees

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

$10,000 for the Defender Pilot Program

This funding supports a pilot program consisting of a panel of attorneys who will represent young adults who have been committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice's facility in Harrisburg, and who have been or who are presently being prosecuted by the Saline County State's Attorney for disciplinary incidents within the youth prison. The Defender Pilot Program will provide low-income youth with trained and competent representation to challenge the prosecutions.

Juvenile Justice Initiative

$5,000 for the Summit on Emerging Adults

This funding supports the Juvenile Justice Initiative's Summit on Emerging Adults, designed to examine the Illinois justice system's history of addressing emerging adult issues and best practices for the emerging adult population. 

Southern Illinois University Foundation

$5,000 to support the Illinois Law & Leadership Institute summer camp program

The Illinois Law & Leadership Institute (ILLI) is a one week summer camp in Carbondale that serves as a legal immersion program for 9th and 10th grade students of diverse backgrounds. Students work with law students, attorneys, and judges on a curriculum that offers fun and educational activities centered on the legal profession. The ILLI is offered free of charge to students from targeted underrepresented populations. 

For more information, please email or call 312-726-6072.


In memory of her late husband, Hon. Carole K. Bellows created a scholarship fund to assist law school students at the University of Illinois College of Law.  

Since 2014, the Jason E. Bellows Fund has awarded a partial scholarship to a first year U of I law student in need.


The Children's Assistance Fund, overseen by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division, awards grants to organizations across the state related to children and law. Initially created to assist with the opening of children’s waiting rooms in courthouses across the state, the IBF/YLD Children’s Assistance Fund has since broadened its goals. Now, the IBF/YLD Children’s Assistance Fund supports organizations throughout Illinois that provide legal assistance to children, work to reduce recidivism of juveniles, and/or work to reduce incidents of domestic violence in families with children. The Children’s Assistance Fund has distributed nearly $300,000 in grants over the past seventeen years.


FY18 Grantees


CASA Kane County

$1,800 to support the Guardian Ad Litem Program

Funding will help to recruit, train, and supervise CASA GAL volunteers who are advocating for the growing number of children in abuse/neglect and probate courts in the Kane County Juvenile Court system.

CASA Winnebago County

$1,800 to support the Volunteer CASA Program

CASA volunteers are paired with a child to serve and stand with them during their court case to ensure the best possible outcome for the child. The program serves a diverse group of children in the Winnebago County Juvenile Abuse/Neglect Court System to provide the support services to neglected children within the system. This includes children of different socioeconomic, gender, and ethnic groups.

Children's Home + Aid

$1,800 to support the Children's Room at the McLean County Law & Justice Center

The Children’s Room is a short-term waiting room where parents and guardians who have court proceedings and lack suitable childcare can bring their children to be looked after free of charge. This minimizes children’s exposure to potentially traumatic court testimony while also freeing court proceedings of the disruption associated with children in the court room.

Jewish Child & Family Services

$1,800 to support the Legal Advocacy Center

The Legal ​Advocacy Center represents children with disabilities at resolution sessions, mediations, due process hearings, federal appeals, and disciplinary and expulsion hearings in the Chicago area and throughout the State.

Life Span

$1,800 to support the Children and Teens Counseling Program

The Children & Teens Counseling Program works to prevent incidents of domestic violence through in-house individual counseling and group counseling in schools and community centers. Clients learn to recognize and practice nonviolent forms of conflict resolution. This program also lessens the occurrence of recidivism for youth that have had violence in their lives and provides legal assistance to children from violent homes and their abused parent.

Public Interest Law Initiative

$6,000 to support the ISBA YLD Intern Program

The ISBA YLD Intern will provide legal services to or on behalf of children, working for 400 hours during a summer internship at a PILI participant agency. The intern will yield immediate tangible results for their agencies and the clients they serve through direct legal aid, while also helping to create long-term sustainability of legal services through the relationships and skills they build and through the commitment to service fostered through their PILI Internship.


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