This year, 48 summer Law Student Interns and 63 Graduate Fellows will provide 38,100 hours of legal services.
The Mirza Foundation has granted PILI $30,000 to support our statewide efforts to promote public interest law and pro bono service.
This helps fund the Pro Bono Initiative Program, including the work of our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees.
Unemployment, domestic violence, missing rent and getting food stamps are not new issues, but they are becoming more common as the pandemic continues. While there are doctors and nurses taking care of sick patients, there are others on the sidelines willing to help others negatively impacted by the effects of the pandemic. One of these helpers is the legal aid lawyer.
Alphawood Foundation is a Chicago-based, grant-making private foundation working for an equitable, just, and humane society.
PILI Executive Director Michael G. Bergmann has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Coronavirus Task Force. In response to the growing legal needs of Americans arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the American Bar Association has created this nationwide task force of volunteer lawyers and judges from across the legal profession. The task force will identify the legal needs arising from the pandemic, make recommendations to address those needs, and help mobilize volunteer lawyers and legal professionals to assist people who need help.
The grant award of $10,000 will help support our Law Student Internship Program.
The DuPage County Bar Association, PILI’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and Prairie State Legal Services are joining together to hold an Expungement Clinic on April 25th in Wheaton.