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:
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:
April 14th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Prairie State Legal Services - Rock Island
The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at 12:00 pm at Prairie State Legal Services on April 14th, 2020.
April 15th, 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 Wednesday, April 15th at 12:00 p.m.
April 16th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at McLean County Law & Justice Center
The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at noon at the McLean County Law & Justice Center.
April 18th, 2020 – 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.
April 25th, 2020 – 8:30 am, at DuPage County Bar Association
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION IN THE COMING WEEKS. The DuPage Expungement Clinic will provide free legal assistance to individuals seeking to clear their criminal record. Volunteers will consult with participants on available options for relief, prepare petitions to expunge and/or seal eligible...
May 18th, 2020 – 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 Monday, May 18th at noon.
June 23rd, 2020 – 3:00 pm, at Madison County Courthouse
The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Madison County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 23rd at 3:00 pm.
June 24th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Champaign County Courthouse
The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at noon.
June 25th, 2020 – 8:30 am, at Coles County Courthouse
The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet at the Coles County Courthouse on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
September 19th, 2020 – 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.