Public Interest Law Initiative

Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees

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PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees strive to increase equal access to justice by promoting and enhancing pro bono legal services within a specific judicial circuit by:

  • Raising awareness of the need for free or low-cost legal services;
  • Identifying and reducing barriers to providing free or low-cost legal services;
  • Promoting pro bono legal services and recruiting attorneys and legal professionals to participate in existing pro bono programs;
  • Identifying gaps in the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals and families and developing innovative approaches to filling those gaps through pro bono; and
  • Recognizing the pro bono contributions of attorneys and legal professionals.

Each Committee consists of members of the judiciary as well as pro bono leaders from local law firms, corporations, bar associations, and public interest law organizations. All of the Committees differ in size and their goals vary depending on the local make-up of the circuit.

PILI has launched Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees in the following circuits. Follow the link to learn more about each Committee, the membership, current projects and upcoming events within the circuit:

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Fifth Circuit »
Sixth Circuit »
Tenth Circuit »
Eleventh Circuit »
Fourteenth Circuit »
Eighteenth Circuit »
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PILI’s Pro Bono Pledge is being launched through our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, in recognition of the responsibility of all members of the legal profession – from corporate lawyers to law firm lawyers to solo practitioners to legal staff – to increase access to our legal system. The Pledge has been launched in the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, Eleventh and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits.

For more information about PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, contact  PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann by email or by phone at 312-832-5129.

Upcoming Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Events:

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    July 31st, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at Peoria County Courthouse
    The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Peoria County Courthouse in the jury room of courtroom 123 on Tuesday, July 31st at noon.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    August 9th, 2018 – 1:00 pm, at Brick House Grill
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at Brick House Grill on Thursday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m.

  • Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic – Charleston

    August 9th, 2018 – 3:00 pm, at Brickhouse Bar & Grill
    Attorneys will be trained on how to answer family & housing law questions posted on Illinois Legal Aid Online’s Legal Answers website.

  • Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    August 30th, 2018 – 3:00 pm, at Madison County Courthouse
    The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Madison County Courthouse on Thursday, August 30th at 3:00 pm.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit CLE

    September 12th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at Heyl Royster
    The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is hosting this CLE, which will cover different issues for working with pro bono clients.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    September 18th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at McLean County Law & Justice Center
    The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 18th at noon at the McLean County Law & Justice Center.

  • Illinois Forum on Pro Bono – DeWitt & Logan Counties

    September 18th, 2018 – 3:00 pm, at 3rd Floor Jury Room at the Logan County Courthouse
    Pro bono stakeholders from a cross-section of our legal community will discuss timely pro bono issues and share pro bono best practices.

  • Vermilion County Expungement and Sealing Summit

    September 22nd, 2018 – 8:30 am, at Danville Area Community College
    The Vermilion County Summit is an opportunity for individuals to receive free legal consultations on their options for criminal records relief. Volunteer attorneys will prepare petitions to expunge and/or seal records for eligible participants to file in the appropriate circuit court.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Celebration Dinner

    October 17th, 2018 – 5:30 pm, at Danville Country Club
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate 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.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Reception

    October 22nd, 2018 – 5:30 pm, at Caterpillar Visitors Center
    The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

  • Third Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon

    October 23rd, 2018 – 11:45 am, at Leclaire Room at Lewis and Clark Community College
    The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate 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.

  • Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception

    October 25th, 2018 – 5:00 pm, at Jumer's Casino & Hotel
    The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of pro bono volunteers to expand and enhance access to justice in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Legal Advice Fair

    October 27th, 2018 – 8:45 am, at Mid Central Community Action
    PILI is co-sponsoring this Legal Advice Fair in Bloomington, where volunteer attorneys will be available to give one-time legal advice concerning family issues, housing disputes, debt concerns and more.

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