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PILI Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Posted on: April 17, 2018

This year’s National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, 2018. National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities.

This year, to celebrate National Volunteer Week, PILI asked some of our volunteers why they choose to serve. We’re grateful to all the great volunteers who help increase access to justice in Illinois.

Abigail Fleming, Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Member & Help Desk Volunteer

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“PILI allows me to serve the great need in my community. The legal system is not always straightforward or easy to navigate, especially for those who represent themselves due to financial need. In my experience volunteering with PILI, pro bono attorneys at all levels can have a significant impact in the community with donating even a small portion of their time.”

Learn more about Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities in the Tenth Judicial Circuit »

Mike McElvain, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Member

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“Pro bono legal assistance is not charity to the needy, it is part of the privilege we enjoy as licensed attorneys. The legal system is only effective if attorney help is available to all that need assistance.”

Volunteer at the Legal Advice Fair on May 19th »

Daniel Parish, PILI Alumni Legal Prep Community Law Clinic Volunteer

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“The Legal Prep Community Law Clinic makes it easy for attorneys to have a major impact on our clients’ lives within a relatively short amount of time. I enjoy the challenge of working on cases outside of my day-to-day practice and developing new skills.”

Sign up for the next Legal Prep Community Law Clinic »

Julie Rosales, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Chair

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“I volunteer with the Public Interest Law Initiative because I believe it is important to work collaboratively with others in the community to bring pro bono services to those in need. PILI established pro bono committees in the judicial circuits to look strategically at the needs in each local community, which means that our efforts in the 14th Judicial Circuit have been targeted to make a difference where the need is greatest. It’s rewarding to know that the time I devote makes a difference.”

Join the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee at the Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic on May 16th»

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