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:

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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:

  • Fifth Judical Circuit Pro Bono Committee Law Day Outreach

    May 1st, 2018 – 9:00 am, at Fifth Judicial Circuit
    The Committee will help attorneys connect with a social studies or history class in their area. Volunteers will receive easy-to-use materials and be able to choose from several different civics activities to do with students.

  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    May 8th, 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, May 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    May 15th, 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, May 15th at noon.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    May 16th, 2018 – 8:30 am, at Coles County Courthouse
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Coles County Courthouse on Wednesday, May 16th at 8:30 a.m.

  • Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic – Deere & Company

    May 16th, 2018 – 8:30 am, at Deere & Company World Headquarters
    Attorneys will be trained on how to answer family & housing law questions posted on Illinois Legal Aid Online’s Legal Answers website.

  • Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic – Quad City Bank & Trust

    May 16th, 2018 – 2:00 pm, at 1st Floor Library, Quad City Bank & Trust
    Attorneys will be trained on how to answer family & housing law questions posted on Illinois Legal Aid Online’s Legal Answers website. This program is co-sponsored by the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Illinois Legal Aid Online, and the American Bar Association. What is Legal Answers? Legal Answers is a secure website (IL.freelegalanswers.org) where...

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Legal Advice Fair

    May 19th, 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.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    June 5th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at McLean County Law & Justice Center
    The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 5th at noon at the McLean County Law & Justice Center.

  • Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    June 25th, 2018 – 3:00 pm, at Madison County Courthouse
    The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Madison County Courthouse on Monday, June 25th at 3:00 pm.

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