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About the Committee:
The Fourteenth 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 Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.
About the Circuit:
The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit is in the Third Appellate District and includes Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Whiteside Counties. The Honorable Walter D. Braud is the Chief Judge of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.
Chair: Julie Rosales, Deere & Company
Thomas A. Blade, Attorney at Law
Gretchen Farwell, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Michelle Fitzsimmons, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Jonathon Fox, Califf & Harper, P.C.
Daniel F. Hardin, Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton and Noe, LLP
Cherie Myers, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Honorable Carol M. Pentuic, Circuit Court of Rock Island County
Benjamin J. Samuelson, Betty Neuman McMahon PLC
Sam Skorepa, Lane & Waterman LLP
The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Pledge recognizes 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 was officially announced on April 4, 2014 and was mailed to law firms and corporate legal departments in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in September 2014. The signatories to the Pledge will be recognized on an annual basis.
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The Committee was launched on February 28, 2012. From 2014 to 2015, the Committee partnered with Prairie State on a Volunteer Lawyer Courthouse Project, through which pro bono attorneys were trained to provide legal representation to tenants facing eviction, with volunteer attorneys working at the Rock Island County Courthouse providing legal advice and, if necessary, negotiating settlements.
In the News:
- October 28, 2015: Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee to Hold Pro Bono Week Celebration
- April 20, 2015: Free Legal Clinic for Low-Income Clients on Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives
- October 28, 2014: Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Launches New Pro Bono Pledge