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 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.

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:

Third Circuit »
Fifth Circuit »
Sixth Circuit »
Tenth Circuit »
Eleventh Circuit »
Fourteenth Circuit »
Eighteenth Circuit »

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 Program Director Beth Jensen by email or at 309-999-9890.

Upcoming Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Events:

  • CLE Training: Expungement/Sealing of Criminal Records, December 6th

    December 6th, 2017 – 1:00 pm, at State Farm
    On Saturday, December 9th, McLean County will host its first Expungement and Sealing Summit, providing an opportunity for up to 200 local community members to consult with volunteer attorneys about their criminal records. This is one of several trainings to be hosted for summit volunteers.

  • CLE Training: Expungement/Sealing of Criminal Records, December 8th

    December 8th, 2017 – 1:00 pm, at McLean County Law & Justice Center
    On Saturday, December 9th, McLean County will host its first Expungement and Sealing Summit, providing an opportunity for up to 200 local community members to consult with volunteer attorneys about their criminal records. This is one of several trainings to be hosted for summit volunteers.

  • Second Chance & Family Connection Summit

    December 9th, 2017 – 10:00 am, at YWCA McLean County
    The Second Chance Summit is an opportunity for individuals to receive free legal consultations on their options for criminal records relief and receive petitions to expunge or seal prepared when eligible.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit CLE

    December 13th, 2017 – 1:30 pm, at Commerce Bank Building
    This CLE will cover the ins and outs of minor and adult guardianship as well as the new child support rules, including how to calculate income shares in different situations.

  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    January 9th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at DuPage County Bar Association
    The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the offices of the DuPage County Bar Association on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    February 28th, 2018 – 4:00 pm, at Tapella & Eberspacher LLC
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at Tapella & Eberspacher on Wednesday, February 28th at 4:00 p.m.

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