Through the below pro bono opportunities, you can provide critically needed legal services to individuals and families in need in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. We hope you will get involved and also help spread the word!
Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk
During a 2 hour shift, volunteers meet with self-represented litigants in family law matters for 30 minute appointments to help them understand and navigate the legal process, fill out forms and answer questions. Organized by the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, a group of attorneys and judges committed to expanding pro bono in the Tenth Circuit, help desks will be held at the Law Library at the Peoria County Courthouse on the 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Thursday of every month and at the Tazewell County Courthouse on the 2nd and 3rd Friday of every month.
“It is so great to see people getting help and assistance with their legal issues. In both cases, I witnessed the clients coming in with little to no hope for their situation and both leaving with so much more confidence. They were all so very thankful for the service!” – Help Desk Volunteer
Tenth Judicial Circuit Conflict of Interest Pro Bono Referral Panel Pilot Program
The Tenth Judicial Circuit Conflict of Interest Pro Bono Referral Panel Pilot Program will provide a referral source for Prairie State Legal Services’s Peoria Office to send potential clients to who have been denied service due to the existence of a conflict of interest between Prairie State and the potential client. This referral option will be available to potential clients who contact Prairie State through their hotline or who apply through the Peoria office directly.
Legal Advice Clinic in Peoria
Attorney and paralegal volunteers are needed to staff a free legal clinic in Peoria on February 11th from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at Prairie State Legal Services, 331 Fulton Street, Suite 600 in Peoria. Volunteers will provide one-time advice on family law issues, housing issues, debt issues and other civil legal matters. Prairie State staff will be available for any questions and volunteers will be covered by Prairie State’s malpractice insurance.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Kate Whetstone by email or by phone at 309-674-9831 ext. 4005. You can also view more information and download a flyer about the clinic on our event page.
Prairie State Volunteer Lawyer Project
Many opportunities exist for volunteers to assist Prairie State clients through direct representation, counsel and advice, document preparation, and clinic settings. Due to limited resources, Prairie State cannot assist everyone who is eligible for their services, and must rely on volunteer attorneys.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Kate Whetstone by email or by phone at at 309-674-9831.
Peoria County Bar Association
Volunteer attorneys are needed to handle conflict of interest cases. While these cases are for a variety of matters, most concern family law issues. Conflicts arise when persons who otherwise would qualify for Prairie State’s Legal Services are not eligible for representation because the opposing party, e.g., the spouse, is a current or past client of Prairie State. Volunteer attorneys must carry appropriate malpractice insurance for the matter.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Raineri by email or by phone at 309-674-6049.
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