Pilot is important first step to filling justice gap for low-income people with legal needs.
“This is a great opportunity to provide a voice for these people and to do what we are all trained to do as lawyers – to represent the rights of someone who needs assistance in a very real and tangible way.”
At the summit, 17 volunteer attorneys and paralegals met with 77 clients to to discuss their options for criminal records relief.
Twenty-one attorneys attended this complimentary program to learn more about these family law issues. They were all encouraged to take on one additional pro bono matter in the coming year.
Every year, PILI holds several Pro Bono Forums and Roundtables to bring together pro bono leaders from law firms, corporations, legal service agencies and law schools to discuss timely pro bono issues, challenges and best practices and develop strategies to expand and enhance pro bono in Illinois.
“Pro bono at McDermott represents to me a wide array of opportunities for incredible personal and professional growth and satisfaction. I have been extremely gratified and nourished by McDermott’s exemplary commitment to pro bono.”
“Bernie’s accomplishments and leadership are remarkable. He is the soul of our organization and a role model for not only our staff, but for all legal aid staff.”
On October 3, 2017, PILI held its Illinois Forum on Pro Bono at The Chicago Bar Association with over 70 people in attendance. The Illinois Forum on Pro Bono is held annually and brings together a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders to discuss the ideas and strategies to expand and enhance pro bono in Illinois. […]
This is a guest post from Scott Vogelmeier, a Senior Compliance Analyst at State Farm Bank in Bloomington and a member of the Eleventh Circuit Pro Bono Committee.
In early 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice—in partnership with the Chicago Bar Foundation, the Illinois Bar Foundation, and the Public Interest Law Initiative—released a statewide survey to hear directly from attorneys about their experiences with pro bono.