Public Interest Law Initiative

Volunteer Lawyer Eviction Project CLE – St. Clair County

At this time, many low-income litigants are having to face eviction court alone. Volunteer attorneys are needed to assist these clients! All attorneys are welcome to participate in this project, regardless of your experience with evictions. Without this project, Land of Lincoln will not be able to provide assistance to many of these potential clients.

About the Project:

In an effort to help more low-income clients through the eviction process, Land of Lincoln will begin screening referrals at the courthouse. If Land of Lincoln is able to assist the client, they will seek a volunteer from the panel of pro bono attorneys assisting with this project. If they are unable to assist due to a conflict of interest, PILI will seek a volunteer from the panel of pro bono attorneys. Either way, pro bono attorneys will receive training, support and malpractice coverage for any matters they handle through the project.

About the Training:

Land of Lincoln and PILI will provide a training for any private attorneys interested in volunteering. The training will provide interested volunteers with an overview of basic landlord/tenant law, focusing on tenant rights and eviction defenses. Sample Motions and Answers for eviction cases and copies of relevant case law will also be provided. Lawyers participating in the training are expected to handle at least one matter and will receive 1.0 hour of MCLE credit for attending.

How You Can Help:

Advance registration for the training is required by Monday, April 8th. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact Rebecca Fernandez by email or by phone at 312-832-5127.

Venue: Courtroom 301, St. Clair County Courthouse


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