Public Interest Law Initiative

Legal Help Within Reach

Through Legal Help Within Reach, PILI will recruit attorney and law student volunteers from urban areas to volunteer at free legal clinics for low-income Illinoisans living in rural and underserved communities.  These clinics will provide much needed and otherwise inaccessible legal assistance to low-income people, families and communities in need. The program is officially set to begin in the fall of 2018.

Once the program is launched, PILI will work closely with law schools, law firms, and corporate legal departments to carefully match volunteer interests with the communities in need of assistance through the Legal Help Within Reach project.  Trips are usually one full day in length, with training being provided during the travel to the clinic site.

Legal Help Within Reach is inspired by the Justice Bus Project of OneJustice, a California nonprofit that brings life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the legal aid system. PILI is grateful for the support of Equal Justice Works, Deere & Company, Lane & Waterman and Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila for providing significant funding to support this project.

This project is officially set to launch in the fall of 2018.

Please use the form below to register for PILI pro bono opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Michael Bergmann by email or by phone at 312-832-5129.

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