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Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee

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About the Committee:

The Third 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 Third Judicial Circuit.

About the Circuit:

The Third Judicial Circuit is in the Fifth Appellate District and includes Bond and Madison Counties. The Honorable David A. Hylla is the Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit.


Chair: Honorable Barbara L. Crowder, Circuit Court of Madison County

Pro Bono Coordinator: Angela Warta, Madison County Law Library & Legal Self-Help Center

Latasha Barnes, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
Eric Carlson, Byron, Carlson, Petri & Kalb
Timothy Chartrand, Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson
Tanja Cook, Lueders, Robertson & Konzen, LLC
Angela Donohoo, Levo-Donohoo, LLC
Amy Garrett, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC
Missy Greathouse, Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc.
Rebecca Hausman, Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office
William Henry, Catholic Charities Legal Services
Lauren Jansen, Madison County Self-Help Center
Stephanie King, King Law Firm
Honorable John Knight, Circuit Court of Bond County
Amy Maher, Catholic Charities Legal Services
Honorable Martin J. Mengarelli, Circuit Court of Madison County
Amy Meyer, Madison County Recorder
Jo Anna Pollock, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC
Honorable Maureen Schuette, Circuit Court of Madison County
Amy Sholar, The Law Offices of Amy Sholar & Kelly Stephan
Honorable Sarah D. Smith, Circuit Court of Madison County
Troy Walton, Walton Telken Foster
David A. Weder, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C.

Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Pledge The Third 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 launched on September 9, 2014 with a letter that was sent to all law firms and corporate legal departments in the Third Judicial Circuit. The signatories to the Pledge are recognized annually at the Third Judicial Circuit’s Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon, held each year during Pro Bono Week.

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Committee Activities:

The Committee was launched in 2011 and opened a Legal Advice Conference Center on October 27, 2011 to provide brief advice and information to pro se litigants. The Center is currently staffed by two volunteer attorneys who are scheduled for two hours of appointments. The volunteer attorneys have made referrals on GAL cases, mediations and reduced fee cases.

The Committee offers several pro bono trainings, including a brown bag CLE lunch series which is provided on a monthly basis. This Committee also organizes an annual luncheon to mark Pro Bono Week in October, to give out local pro bono awards. The Third Judicial Circuit Committee’s Pro Bono Pledge was rolled out in September 2014.

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