Public Interest Law Initiative

Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees


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 »

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:

  • Illinois Forum on Pro Bono: Eighteenth Judicial Circuit

    June 7th, 2017 – 3:00 pm, at DuPage County Bar Association
    Join pro bono stakeholders from a cross-section of our legal community to discuss timely pro bono issues and share pro bono best practices.

  • Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee CLE

    June 16th, 2017 – 8:30 am, at Western Illinois University - Quad Cities
    This CLE will explore the basics for pursuing an adult guardianship and for serving as a guardian ad litem. You will also hear how low-income individuals need help with guardianships and how you can provide pro bono assistance in these areas through Prairie State Legal Services.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    June 23rd, 2017 – 10:00 am, at Charleston Public Library
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Charleston Public Library on Friday, June 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee CLE: Hot Topics in Family Law

    June 23rd, 2017 – 11:30 am, at Charleston Carnegie Public Library
    Topics include new child support rules taking effect July 1st, guardianships, Parenting plans; and Domestic Relations Act.

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