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 a variety of civil 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 are 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. Volunteers are needed to conduct intake interviews and to provide assistance to clients.
“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 provides a referral source for Prairie State Legal Services’ 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 is available to potential clients who contact Prairie State through their hotline or who apply through the Peoria office directly. Attorney volunteers from the Tenth Judicial Circuit are needed to provide direct representation, limited scope representation and brief information and advice.
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 attorneys cannot assist everyone who is eligible for their services, so they rely on volunteer attorneys to help many of their clients who are in need of legal assistance.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Kate Whetstone by email or by phone at at 309-674-9831.
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