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:
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:
March 22nd, 2018 – 3:00 pm, at Madison County Courthouse
The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Madison County Courthouse on Thursday, March 22nd at 3:00 pm.
March 30th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at Northern Illinois Univeristy College of Law
Attorneys 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.
April 3rd, 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, April 3, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
April 17th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at Prairie State Legal Services - Rock Island
The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at Prairie State Legal Services' Rock Island office on Tuesday, April 17th at noon.
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.
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.
May 16th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Champaign office of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation on Wednesday, May 16th at noon.
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.
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.