Public Interest Law Initiative

Make a Nomination

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Community Legal Services Award will be presented to one or more lawyers practicing in the Sixth 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.


Robert E. Jacobson, Jr. (2017) – Rob is a dedicated pro bono volunteer and legal advocate for survivors of domestic abuse at Courage Connection. He assists clients with complicated legal issues and in difficult emotional situations with immense compassion. Rob is a comfort to his clients, easing their fears of the legal system and changing their lives for the better.

Ellyn Bullock (2016)
James Jankowicz (2016)
Marvin Gerstein (2015)
Kurt Froehlich (2014)
J. Amber Drew (2013)

Make a Nomination:

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 24th. Award recipients will be chosen by the Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and announced in September. They will be recognized at the CLE & Awards Presentation at the Regent Ballroom Savoy in October.

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

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