Public Interest Law Initiative

Decatur CLE: A Primer for Helping Those in Need of Legal Assistance

PILI’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is co-hosting this CLE program with the Decatur Bar Association to prepare attorneys to volunteer at PILI’s Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk in the Macon County Courthouse. 1.0 hour of CLE credit will be provided for attendees.

PILI’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee recently launched a Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk in the Macon County Courthouse. The held desk is held in the Self-Help Center at the courthouse from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. twice each month on select Mondays and Wednesdays. The desk is staffed by volunteer attorneys who meet with eligible self-represented litigants for up to 30 minutes to provide them with legal advice subject to a limited scope representation agreement. PILI is seeking volunteers for dates now through December of 2019 and this CLE will provide an overview of some of the basic topics for which self-represented litigants are often seeking assistance at the help desk. Attendees will receive a Frequently Asked Questions document to better prepare them for the help that may be needed when the volunteer at the help desk. Lawyers who have volunteered at the help desk recently will also share their experiences.

Agenda:

  • Welcome & Overview of Ask-A-Lawyer Help Desk – Elizabeth Boe, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • Family Law Update – Drew Hickey, Bolen, Robinson & Ellis LLP
  • Landlord-Tenant, Small Claims & Consumer Law Updates – John Roska, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid
  • Additional Questions & Wrap Up – Elizabeth Boe, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

Advance registration is required by Tuesday, October 29th. If you have any questions or problems with registration, please email PILI or call us at 312-832-5127.

Learn more about the Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee »

Venue: Macon County Courthouse


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