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Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee

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About the Committee:

The Sixth 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 Sixth Judicial Circuit.

About the Circuit:

The Sixth Judicial Circuit is in the Fourth Appellate District and includes Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt Counties. The Honorable Richard L. Broch is the Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit.


Chair: Mark C. Palmer, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Benjamin T. Brown, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
John H. Elder, Meyer Capel
Lori Hansen, Champaign County Courthouse
Valerie McWilliams, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Honorable Brett N. Olmstead, Circuit Court of Champaign County
Jeffrey D. Richardson, The Law Office of Jeffrey D. Richardson
Honorable Randall B. Rosenbaum, Circuit Court of Champaign County
Miranda L. Soucie, Spiros Law, P.C.
Ramona M. Sullivan, Champaign County Public Defender’s Office
Rebecca Myhr Szajna, University of Illinois College of Law
Susan Zielke, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Pledge: The Sixth 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 March 30, 2015 with a letter that was sent to all law firms and corporate legal departments in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.  The signatories to the Pledge will be recognized on an annual basis.

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Committee Activities:

The Committee was launched on October 23, 2012. One issue that the Committee specifically identified is the need for a conflicts panel to provide assistance to eligible individuals when Land of Lincoln cannot due to some conflict with the case or parties. The Committee is looking at ways to work closely with existing resources and assets in the circuit to establish the infrastructure for a conflicts panel, recruit pro bono attorneys to take cases, and process referrals.

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