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The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Awards will be presented to one or more lawyers practicing in the Third Judicial Circuit for their outstanding pro bono services to low-income individuals and to charitable organizations. The awards are intended to recognize pro bono legal services rendered in the last twelve months, but a description of the nominee’s prior and current activities is also encouraged.

Award recipients will be chosen by the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and announced in September. They will be recognized at the Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon on October 24, 2017 at the LeClaire Room at Lewis & Clark Comm.

Nominations for 2017 are now closed.

Past Award Recipients:

Pro Bono Firm of the Year: Simmons Hanly Conroy (2016)
In June 2016, Simmons Hanly Conroy hosted a community Expungement Day to help individuals review their criminal history and draft petitions for expungements and sealings. Fifteen attorneys, from Simmons and other local firms, attended a training and volunteered. At the end of the day, 100 individuals were assisted and 50 others received assistance afterwards.

Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Leslie Wood, Wood Law Office (2016)
Leslie Wood has performed a variety of pro bono work in Madison County. She has taken pro bono bankruptcies and divorces for Land of Lincoln clients; provided legal consultations to low income individuals at the Legal Advice Clinic in the Law Library; handled a pro bono case as part of the Veterans Pro Bono Project; and has served as a pro bono mediator and guardian ad litem in countless appointments by the Third Judicial Circuit.

Jennifer Shaw (2015)

Trent Cameron (Rising Pro Bono Star Award, 2015)

Tanja M. Cook (2014)

Judge Ralph Mendelsohn (2013)

Elizabeth “Nikki” Carrion (2012)

The Honorable Lola Maddox (2011)

Michael Meehan (2010)

Deborah Crouse Cobb (2010)

Gail Donnelly Bader (2009)

Erin Reilly (2008)

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