Public Interest Law Initiative

Pro Bono Recognition Roster Certification

To qualify for PILI’s 2018 Pro Bono Recognition Roster, law firms, corporations and legal industry corporate partners must meet at least two of the eligibility criteria based on pro bono performance of their Illinois offices in 2017, or the most recently closed fiscal year. Click here to review the list of eligibility criteria »

More information about the 2018 Pro Bono Recognition Roster will be available soon.

If you have any questions about applying for the Recognition Roster, or if you are having problems using the form below, contact PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann by email or by phone at 312-832-5129.

A History of Celebrating Pro Bono

Fifteen years ago, in 2001, a large group of Chicago-area law firms and corporate legal departments joined PILI at a signing ceremony to formally acknowledge their joint commitment to incorporating pro bono legal services into their business cultures.

Groundbreaking at its inception, this early statement of pro bono principles acknowledged the critical role of the legal profession in addressing the unmet legal needs of Illinois’ poor and underrepresented. Those trailblazing law firms and corporate legal departments agreed to actively engage in and support pro bono practice, and to develop pro bono policies within their firms and legal departments.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) | Pro Bono ReceptionPILI continued to recognize a growing roster of law firms and corporate legal departments committed to pro bono through our Pro Bono Initiative Honor Roll until 2006, and since 2010, we have honored the significant pro bono contributions of law firms, corporate legal departments and legal industry corporate partners throughout the state of Illinois with our annual Pro Bono Recognition Roster.

Law firms and corporations that meet the Recognition Roster’s criteria are honored at PILI’s Annual Pro Bono Reception each year.  The Annual Pro Bono Reception celebrates the inspiring and life-changing pro bono work being done in Illinois through effective pro bono programs, innovative partnerships, and the unwavering dedication of individual pro bono attorneys and legal professionals.

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