Public Interest Law Initiative

Third Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon


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.

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

2016 Award Recipients

Pro Bono Firm of the Year: Simmons Hanly Conroy

In June 2016, Simmons Hanly Conroy hosted a community Expungement Day to help individuals review their criminal history and draft petitions for expungements and sealings. Fifteen attorneys, from Simmons and other local firms, attended a training and volunteered. The firm also offered free drug testing for those who needed to attach a clean test to their petitions. Judges were available to approve fee waivers and sign orders, several state’s attorneys were on hand to review criminal histories with volunteer attorneys, and Simmons support staff made sure the event ran smoothly. At the end of the day, 100 individuals were assisted and 50 others left their information to receive assistance in the future.

Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Leslie Wood, Wood Law Office

Leslie Wood has performed a variety of pro bono work in Madison County. She has taken pro bono bankruptcies and divorces for Land of Lincoln clients; provided legal consultations to low income individuals at the Legal Advice Clinic in the Law Library; handled a pro bono case as part of the Veterans Pro Bono Project; and has served as a pro bono mediator and guardian ad litem in countless appointments by the Third Judicial Circuit. Leslie has presented at two CLEs for pro bono attorneys and is currently Vice Chair of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Attorney Registration and Discipline.

Online registration is required by Tuesday, October 12th. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact PILI Administrative Assistant Belinda Bing by email or by phone at 312-832-5127.

Learn more about the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee »

Venue: Leclaire Room at Lewis and Clark Community College

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