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About the Committee:
The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is a group, comprised of lawyers and judges, that strives to enhance equal access to justice by encouraging and promoting pro bono work in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
About the Circuit:
The Eleventh Judicial Circuit is in the Fourth Appellate District and includes Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford Counties. The Honorable Mark A. Fellheimer is the Chief Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
Carrie Haas, Dunn Law Firm, LLP
Adrian Barr, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Kathy Boyle, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Benjamin T. Brown, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Jeff Crabill, State Farm Insurance Co.
Danielle DeWinter, The Immigration Project
Honorable Sarah Duffy, Associate Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Matthew S. Fuss, StateFarm Insurance Co.
Ryan Gammelgard, State Farm Insurance Co.
Frank Hoffman, Law Office of Frank E. Hoffman
Jenna Kearns, Illinois Bar Foundation
Maria Koss, State Farm Insurance Co.
William Mahrt, Mahrt Law Office
Donald R. McClarey, Strufe & McClarey
Mike McElvain, Circuit Court of McLean County
Honorable Amy McFarland, Associate Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Shelley Pysell, State Farm Insurance Co.
Will Scanlon, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Mary Sellmyer, McLean County Bar Association
Carla Van Dongen, State Farm Insurance Co.
Megan Wood, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Sarah J. Woollen, Fellheimer Law Firm, Ltd.
Susan Zielke, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee held its first meeting on August 16, 2013, and has recently grown to include representatives from each county in the Circuit. The Committee is working to identify the pro bono landscape across the circuit, the pro bono currently being done and the needs as seen by representatives on the Committee.
Family law has been identified as an area of major need and a subcommittee has been established to look at how to increase pro bono in this area.
An interesting attribute of this Circuit is that there are two Prairie State offices and two Land of Lincoln offices that service the counties in the circuit. Representatives from all of those offices serve on the Committee.