Public Interest Law Initiative

Sixth Judicial Circuit Self-Represented Litigant Help Desks

During a 2-hour shift, volunteers meet with self-represented litigants at the Champaign & Macon County Courthouses for 30-minute appointments to help them understand and navigate the legal process, fill out forms and answer questions.

The help desk in Champaign County is held at the Self-Help Center on the first floor of the courthouse. Locally, it is known as the “Ask-A-Lawyer Desk” and is held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month. View 2019 Champaign County Help Desk Dates »

The help desk in Macon County is held in the Self-Help Center at the courthouse from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. twice each month on select Mondays and Wednesdays. View 2019 Macon County Help Desk Dates »

Volunteers must first fill out PILI’s Pro Bono Volunteer Registration form. Once registered, use the link below to sign up for upcoming help desk shifts.

Sign Up for the 2019 Help Desks »

We have compiled a variety of resources and forms for volunteers to use at the Help Desks. A password is required to access this page. If you are a help desk volunteer, contact PILI Managing Attorney Elizabeth Boe by email or at 312-832-5125. for the password. View volunteer resources »

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