Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI’s Pro Bono Forums & Roundtables

Each year, PILI holds several Pro Bono Forums and Roundtables to bring together pro bono leaders from law firms, corporations, legal service agencies and law schools. Attendees discuss timely pro bono issues, challenges and best practices and develop strategies to expand and enhance pro bono in Illinois. The Pro Bono Roundtables allow for unique constituent group-specific conversations, while the Forums are for everyone and give attendees an opportunity for in-depth discussion among a cross-section of the legal profession.

Pro Bono Forums: 

Illinois Forum on Pro Bono in Chicago

On October 4th, the Illinois Forum on Pro Bono will bring together a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders to discuss the ideas and strategies that came out of the Pro Bono Roundtables.

Other Upcoming Forums

On September 18th, PILI is hosting a Forum with the DeWitt and Logan County Bar Associations. Learn more here.

Other Upcoming Forums

In 2015, PILI held Forums on Pro Bono in the Third, Tenth and Eleventh Judicial Circuits. In 2016, PILI held Forums on Pro Bono in the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits. In June 2017, PILI also held a Forum on Pro Bono in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.


Pro Bono Roundtables:

Legal Service Agency Roundtable

On February 28, 2018, the Legal Service Agency Roundtable brought together representatives from PILI’s partner public interest law agencies to share best practices and strategies for success.

Joint Law Firm & Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable

On April 19, 2018, law firm and corporate pro bono leaders met for a joint Pro Bono Roundtable. During the first hour, law firm and corporate leaders met separately to discuss pro bono opportunities and challenges and to share best practices and strategies for success. During the second hour, law firm and corporate leaders will meet together to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Law School Pro Bono Roundtable

On July 17, 2018, the Law School Pro Bono Roundtable brought together law school representatives to discuss best practices, successful strategies, and collaboration opportunities.

For more information about PILI’s pro bono programming, please contact PILI Program Manager Sarah Taylor by email or by phone at 217-693-6017.

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