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:

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:

  • Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    June 10th, 2019 – 3:00 pm, at Madison County Courthouse
    The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Madison County Courthouse on Monday, June 10th at 3:00 pm.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit CLE

    June 20th, 2019 – 8:00 am, at Danville Area Community College
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is hosting this CLE, going over guardianship basics and more. This program is co-sponsored by Land of Lincoln Legal Aid and the Vermilion County Bar Association.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    July 18th, 2019 – 8:30 am, at Coles County Courthouse
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Coles County Courthouse on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    July 19th, 2019 – 12:00 pm, at McLean County Law & Justice Center
    The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Friday, July 19, 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.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    August 21st, 2019 – 12:00 pm, at Peoria County Courthouse
    The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Peoria County Courthouse in Court Administration, Room 215, on Wednesday, August 21st at noon.

  • 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.

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