Public Interest Law Initiative

Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Celebration Dinner


The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate National Pro Bono Week and recognized the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. This event includes a cocktail reception at 5:30, an awards ceremony at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30.

At the event, the Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award will be presented to one or more lawyers for their outstanding pro bono services to low-income individuals and to charitable organizations.

2016 Pro Bono Service Award Recipients

Jason Hortenstine, Heller, Holmes & Associates, P.C.

Although he is early in his legal career, Jason Hortenstine has already demonstrated a commitment to pro bono legal work and volunteerism. In addition to volunteering with the Special Olympics and Rotary Food Drive, Jason spent 117.85 hours on a contested divorce case that was closed last year. He works at Heller, Holmes & Associates, a firm with a strong commitment to pro bono. In 2015, Jason won the Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest for the Illinois Bar Journal, and his winning article, “A Guide to the Loss of Chance Doctrine in Illinois” was published in the IBJ in February 2015. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Carlton Kagawa, Carlton M. Kagawa Law Offices

In his first pro bono referral, Carl Kagawa spent three years with his client, a young woman for whom he obtained a divorce with custody and child support, and then followed up to assist her with contempt proceedings when the father did not pay child support as ordered. When the client first contacted Land of Lincoln, DCFS was involved with both of the parties and their two children. Carl was able to obtain a final Judgment within a year of filing the Petition. He continued assisting the client with pursuing child support through the end of 2014. In the past few months, Carl has taken on representation of another woman in a case involving divorce and custody of four children.

Tickets are $40. Online registration is required by Friday, October 27th. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact Belinda Bing by email or by phone at 312-832-5127.

Learn more about the Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee here »

Venue: Mattoon Country Club

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