Public Interest Law Initiative

Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees

3rd-lunch-11-final

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:

Third Circuit »
Fifth Circuit »
Sixth Circuit »
Tenth Circuit »
Eleventh Circuit »
Fourteenth Circuit »
Eighteenth Circuit »
Twentieth 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 Manager Sarah Taylor by email or by phone at 217-693-6017.

Upcoming Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Events:

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    March 21st, 2019 – 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 Thursday, March 21st at noon.

  • Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    April 11th, 2019 – 3:00 pm, at Madison County Courthouse
    The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Madison County Courthouse on Thursday, April 11th at 3:00 pm.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Legal Advice Fair

    April 27th, 2019 – 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.

  • DuPage Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic

    April 29th, 2019 – 11:30 am, at DuPage Judicial Center - Attorney Resource Center
    In celebration of Law Day, attorneys will volunteer to answer civil legal questions through an online platform from low-income Illinoisans in need of free legal assistance.

  • Alumni Network Leadership Council Meeting

    May 1st, 2019 – 12:00 pm, at Foley & Lardner
    PILI's Alumni Network Leadership Council will meet from 12:00 until 1:30 on Wednesday, May 1st at the offices of Foley & Lardner.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    May 3rd, 2019 – 12:00 pm, at Coles County Courthouse
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Coles County Courthouse on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

  • Charleston Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic

    May 3rd, 2019 – 2:00 pm, at Coles County Courthouse
    In celebration of Law Day, attorneys will volunteer to answer civil legal questions through an online platform from low-income Illinoisans in need of free legal assistance.

  • Champaign County Ask-a-Lawyer Desk Launch and Open House

    May 9th, 2019 – 11:30 am, at Jury Assembly Room, Champaign County Courthouse
    The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, together with the Champaign County Bar Association and the East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association is hosting an open house to celebrate the launch of the new Ask-a-Lawyer Desk. Join us for free lunch and to learn more about this new pro bono opportunity!

  • Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    May 15th, 2019 – 12:00 pm, at St. Clair County Courthouse
    The Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the St. Clair County Courthouse on Wednesday, May 15th at 12:00 p.m.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    May 22nd, 2019 – 12:00 pm, at McLean County Law & Justice Center
    The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at noon at the McLean County Law & Justice Center.

  • Alumni Network Leadership Council Meeting

    August 20th, 2019 – 12:00 pm, at Foley & Lardner
    PILI's Alumni Network Leadership Council will meet from 12:00 until 1:30 on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the offices of Foley & Lardner.

  • Vermilion County Expungement and Sealing Summit

    September 7th, 2019 – 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.

Stay Connected. Sign Up For Our Newsletter: