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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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:

  • DCBA/NIU Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic

    October 5th, 2018 – 2:30 pm, at Northern Illinois Univeristy College of Law
    Lawyers and law students will be trained on how to answer questions in family & housing law posted on Illinois Legal Aid Online’s Legal Answers website. They will then work to help them research and draft responses.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    October 9th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at McLean County Law & Justice Center
    The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 9th at noon at the McLean County Law & Justice Center.

  • 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.

  • Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    October 18th, 2018 – 3:00 pm, at Madison County Courthouse
    The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Madison County Courthouse on Thursday, October 18th at 3:00 pm.

  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit CLE

    October 22nd, 2018 – 11:45 am, at DuPage Judicial Center - Attorney Resource Center
    This session will provide the background on limited scope representation and the changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct that have been made to permit limited scope representation. Attendees will hear specific examples of how limited scope representation can be used in both their private and pro bono practice to ensure greater access to justice for all.

  • 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.

  • Illinois Forum on Pro Bono – Twentieth Judicial Circuit

    October 23rd, 2018 – 3:00 pm, at Regency Conference Center
    Join a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders from the Twentieth Judicial Circuit to discuss poverty in Illinois and how it relates to unmet legal needs, how pro bono is a key element in meeting those needs as well as other timely pro bono issues and share pro bono best practices.

  • Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE & Awards Presentation

    October 25th, 2018 – 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.

  • 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.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    October 30th, 2018 – 8:30 am, at Coles County Courthouse
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Coles County Courthouse on Tuesday, October 30th at 8:30 a.m.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    November 29th, 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 Thursday, November 29th at noon.

  • Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    November 30th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at St. Clair County Courthouse
    The Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the St. Clair County Courthouse on Friday, October 30th at 12:00 p.m.

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