Public Interest Law Initiative

Make a Nomination

The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Awards will be presented to one or more lawyers practicing in the Tenth Judicial Circuit who have provided outstanding pro bono services to low-income individuals or charitable organizations in the last year. Nominations for these awards are now open.

You may submit a self-nomination or nominate a colleague, and you may submit multiple nominations. The awards are intended to recognize pro bono legal services rendered in the last twelve months. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete the nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is on Friday, August 24th. Award recipients will be chosen by the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and announced in September. They will be recognized at the Celebrate Pro Bono Reception on October 22nd at the Caterpillar Visitor’s Center.

Download a flyer about the award »

If you have any questions, please contact PILI Program Manager Sarah Taylor at or 312-832-5127.

Past Award Recipient:

Sumner Bourne (2017)
Sumner is a tremendous asset to Prairie State Legal Services for clients in need of a bankruptcy. Sumner has assisted over 73 people to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy and he has provided over 330 hours of pro bono service. Sumner has brought relief to so many low-income clients who are overwhelmed by insurmountable debts, mainly medical bills, and has helped individuals and families start fresh with their finances.

Jeffrey Krumpe (2016)
Spencer L. Daniels (2015)
Jeremy H. Heiple (2014)

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