Public Interest Law Initiative

Make a Nomination

The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Awards will be presented to one or more lawyers practicing in the Fifth Judicial Circuit who have provided outstanding pro bono services to low-income individuals or charitable organizations in the last year. Nominations for these awards are now open.

You may submit a self-nomination or nominate a colleague, and you may also submit multiple nominations. The awards are intended to recognize pro bono legal services rendered in the last twelve months. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete the nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 24th. Award recipients will be chosen by the Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and announced in September. They will be recognized at the Pro Bono Celebration Dinner on October 17th at the Danville Country Club.

Download a flyer about the award »

If you have any questions, please contact PILI Program Manager Sarah Taylor by email or 312-832-5127.

Award nominations are now closed.

Past Award Recipients:

Kent Heller (2017)
Kent has provided over 40 hours of pro bono work over the last year and always accepts Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation cases when asked. He does not shy away from complicated issues and is willing to do what is necessary to help his pro bono clients. As a partner at Heller Holmes & Associates, he has created a culture of service at his firm, and his colleagues are known for their willingness to volunteer for those in need.

Jason Hortenstine (2016)
Carton Kagawa (2016)
Kevin Colombo (2015)
Karen Fuqua (2014)
Richard M. Kash, Jr. (2013)
Paul E. Wieck (2012)

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