Public Interest Law Initiative

Third Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon


About the Event

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate National Pro Bono Week and recognizes the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Third Judicial Circuit.

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Special Guest Speaker

  • Honorable Julie Katz, Chair of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
  • Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court

2018 Pro Bono Awards

Pro Bono Service Award: Leonard F. Berg, Attorney at Law

Leonard provides guidance that combines elements of the law and social services. In his private practice, he focuses on assisting the elderly, people with disabilities and their families. He regularly takes these cases on a pro bono basis through Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and Catholic Charities. He generously shares his expertise on issues such as estate planning, adult guardianships and securing benefits by consulting with Land of Lincoln and presenting at CLEs. Through his work, he ensures more clients in need receive access to legal assistance.

Pro Bono Community Award: Ted N. Gianaris, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC

Ted is passionate about providing access to justice for those in need and has been a driving force behind his firm’s pro bono efforts over the last 12 months. An active member of the legal community, he has coordinated a volunteer paralegal program to assist with Madison County’s Order of Protection docket, planned and participated in an annual pro bono expungement project for Madison County residents, and serves on Land of Lincoln’s Board of Directors. Additionally, he has his own pro bono practice and takes prisoners’ rights cases from the Southern District of Illinois.

Sponsor the Event

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Learn more by contacting David Weder, President of the Madison County Bar Association.


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

Venue: Leclaire Room at Lewis and Clark Community College

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