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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Fifth Circuit »
Sixth Circuit »
Tenth Circuit »
Eleventh Circuit »
Fourteenth Circuit »
Eighteenth 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 Managing Attorney Elizabeth Boe by email or by phone at 312-832-5125.

Upcoming Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Events:

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit CLE

    October 1st, 2019 – 1:00 pm, at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C.
    The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is offering this half-day CLE program at no cost for attorneys who will take on an additional pro bono matter in the coming year.

  • Champaign CLE: Implicit Bias

    October 18th, 2019 – 3:30 pm, at Max L. Rowe Auditorium, University of Illinois College of Law
    In partnership with the University of Illinois College of Law, PILI’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is hosting a CLE program on Implicit Bias to coincide with Homecoming Weekend.

  • Inaugural DuPage County Spirit of Pro Bono Breakfast

    October 21st, 2019 – 8:30 am, at DuPage Judicial Center - Attorney Resource Center
    The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will showcase available pro bono opportunities and present the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award. Attendees will also be able to answer questions on the Free Legal Answers website while enjoying a pancake breakfast.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Reception

    October 21st, 2019 – 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.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Celebration Dinner

    October 23rd, 2019 – 5:30 pm, at Mattoon 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.

  • Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE & Awards Presentation

    October 24th, 2019 – 11:30 am, at Regent Ballroom
    The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee offers this CLE to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and the Community Legal Services Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

  • Third Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon

    October 24th, 2019 – 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.

  • Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception

    October 24th, 2019 – 5:30 pm, at Deere & Company World Headquarters
    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 26th, 2019 – 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.

  • Decatur CLE: A Primer for Helping Those in Need of Legal Assistance

    October 31st, 2019 – 12:00 pm, at Macon County Courthouse
    As part of Pro Bono Week, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is presenting a complimentary CLE that will provide an overview of some of the basic topics for which self-represented litigants are often seeking assistance at the Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk in the Macon County Courthouse.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    January 14th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at McLean County Law & Justice Center
    The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at noon at the McLean County Law & Justice Center.

  • Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    January 16th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at St. Clair County Courthouse
    The Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the St. Clair County Courthouse on Thursday, January 16 at 12:00 p.m.

  • Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    January 16th, 2020 – 3:00 pm, at Madison County Courthouse
    The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Madison County Courthouse on Thursday, January 16th at 3:00 pm.

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