Public Interest Law Initiative

Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic

Attorneys and law students will be trained on how to answer questions in family & housing law posted on Illinois Legal Aid Online’s Legal Answers website. They will then work to help them research and draft responses.

This program is co-sponsored by the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, the American Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association Public Interest and Education Commission, Illinois Legal Aid Online and Northern Illinois University College of Law.

What is Legal Answers? Legal Answers is a secure website ( where lower income Illinois residents can ask a lawyer for help with a legal issue. Qualified users post questions about civil legal problems. Volunteer lawyers then log onto the site and select questions to answer. It’s like a virtual walk-in legal clinic.

How the Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic Day will work:

  1. ILAO attorney will provide training eligible for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit.
  2. Students research and draft an answer to family and housing law questions.
  3. Lawyers check for accuracy and readability, then submit the answer.

Lunch will be provided. Please bring a laptop or tablet on which you can access the internet. You will not need to download any software and Wi-Fi will be provided by NIU.

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Advance registration is required by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29th. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact Belinda Bing by email or 312-832-5128.

Venue: Northern Illinois Univeristy College of Law

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