Public Interest Law Initiative

Eleventh Judicial Circuit CLE – Forum on Pro Bono in Bloomington

11th Forum

Pro bono stakeholders from a cross-section of the legal community in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit met to discuss timely pro bono issues and share pro bono best practices. The Forum provided an overview of the need for pro bono legal services, efforts to increase pro bono in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, and the recent statewide efforts to increase access to justice.

Download notes from the 2015 Forum on Pro Bono in Bloomington » 


11:45 a.m. – Registration & Lunch

12:00 p.m. – Panel Presentation

Hear about the need for pro bono and the specific aspects of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct relating to pro bono and access to justice. Learn specifically about the pro bono landscape in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and how you can get involved whether you are a solo practitioner or firm attorney, in-house counsel, or corporate or government attorney.


  • Michael G. Bergmann, Executive Director, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • Honorable Kevin P. Fitzgerald, Chief Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
  • Marisa Wiesman, Director of Volunteer Services, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
  • Susan L. Zielke, Managing Attorney, Eastern Regional Office, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.

1:00 p.m. – Focus Group Discussion

Identify barriers and obstacles to pro bono, share best practices, and develop strategies to enhance and expand pro bono.

The McLean County Bar Association offered 2.0 hours of professional responsibility for this program, which wasbeing planned in conjunction with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, PILI, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and Prairie State Legal Services. This program is part of PILI’s Forum on Pro Bono Series.

Learn more about the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee »

Venue: Second Presbyterian Church

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