Public Interest Law Initiative

Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees

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PILI, in conjunction with Prairie State Legal Services and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, has developed pro bono committees at the judicial circuit level to promote and encourage pro bono to the private bar.

The 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; 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 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:

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    August 31st, 2017 – 10:00 am, at Tapella & Eberspacher LLC
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at Tapella & Eberspacher on Thursday, August 31st at 10:00 a.m.

  • Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee CLE

    September 29th, 2017 – 9:45 am, at Deere & Company World Headquarters
    Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives for Low-Income Clients This complementary CLE will explore the basics of preparing Powers of Attorneys and Living Wills. Speakers will also discuss assisting low-income individuals on a pro bono basis. This program is co-sponsored by the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Deere & Company and Prairie State Legal Services....

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Reception

    October 23rd, 2017 – 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 24th, 2017 – 12:00 pm, 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, 2017 – 5:00 pm, at Deere & Company World Headquarters
    As part of the national celebration of Pro Bono Week, the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosted a reception in conjunction with the Rock Island County Bar Association.

  • Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE & Awards Presentation in Savoy

    October 26th, 2017 – 11:30 am, at Regent Ballroom
    As part of Pro Bono Week, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is presenting a complimentary CLE on adult guardianships in Savoy, IL on Thursday, October 27th. The Sixth Judicial Circuit Community Legal Services Award will also be presented to one or more lawyers practicing in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Celebration Dinner

    November 2nd, 2017 – 5:30 pm, at Mattoon 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.

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