Public Interest Law Initiative

Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE & Awards Presentation


About the Event

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee offers this CLE to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and the Community Legal Services Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

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CLE: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Domestic Violence

From criminal law to family law, civil matters to estate planning, domestic violence can arise in a variety of cases and presents unique legal and practical challenges to practitioners. Learn to identify signs of domestic violence and gain skills in order to empathetically and effectively represent clients who are survivors of domestic violence.

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will be hosting this same CLE program in Decatur on October 24th »

Community Legal Services Award Recipients

Ramona Sullivan, Champaign County Public Defender’s Office

Ramona has served the community as a legal aid attorney for over 20 years as a staff attorney at Land of LIncoln Legal Assistance, a pro bono volunteer and now as a public defender. Ramona has represented thousands of people in central Illinois, including several hundred cases involving domestic violence. During her career, Ramona helped to establish legal self-help centers and pro bono networks in several counties in Illinois, ensuring that people who cannot afford an attorney still have access to justice.

Ruth E. Wyman, Ruth E. Wyman Law Office

Ruth is a dependable pro bono volunteer. In addition to assisting her pro bono clients, she volunteers at La Linea, a bilingual community helpline run through the New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA. This past year, she helped to organize free legal clinics for immigrants with the University YMCA and the Urbana Free Library. Ruth has provided Know Your Rights training, assisted with DACA renewal applications and provided free legal consultations to immigrants in Champaign County.


Advance registration is required by Tuesday, October 23rd. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact us by email or by phone at 312-832-5127.

Venue: Regent Ballroom

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