Public Interest Law Initiative

Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities in the Third Judicial Circuit

Through the below pro bono opportunities, you can provide critically needed legal services to individuals and families in need in the Third Judicial Circuit. We hope you will get involved and also help spread the word!

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Illinois Armed Forces Legal Assistance Network

Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN) provides civil legal services across Illinois to veterans, active duty military and their spouses and dependents. As an IL-AFLAN member, PILI refers pro bono matters to volunteer attorneys in the 101 counties outside of Cook County.

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ILLINOIS FREE LEGAL ANSWERS

A project of the American Bar Association, Free Legal Answers was created to increase access to advice and information about non-criminal legal matters for those who cannot afford legal assistance. It is a secure website where low-income Illinois residents can ask a lawyer for help with a legal issue. Volunteer lawyers then log onto the site and provide assistance. It is a virtual walk-in legal clinic administered by PILI.

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PILI PRO BONO MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Through PILI’s Pro Bono Mentorship Program, volunteer attorneys who lack experience in a particular area of law will be paired with a more experienced attorney for advice and counsel to ensure competent representation of pro bono clients. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of clients who receive pro bono assistance while simultaneously offering a unique and invaluable learning opportunity for attorneys.

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LAND OF LINCOLN LEGAL AID

Many opportunities exist for volunteers to assist Land of Lincoln clients through direct representation, counsel and advice, document preparation, and clinic settings. Due to limited resources, Land of Lincoln 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.


MADISON COUNTY LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC

Through the Legal Advice Clinic, volunteer attorneys provide no cost legal advice to low-income Madison County residents. Offered twice a month with thirty minute appointment windows, the clinic seeks to provide pro bono services to low-income families, the disabled, and other vulnerable persons within the community.

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES LEGAL SERVICES

Catholic Charities Legal Services assists people with little to no income in obtaining pro bono legal assistance from area attorneys in specialized fields while also providing compassion, empathy, and a listening ear to all who come seeking help. Through the CCLS program, our program director matches a client’s legal case with an area lawyer who has agreed to represent him/her in the court of law.


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