Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI’s Pro Bono Roundtables & Forums

Each year, PILI holds several Pro Bono Forums and Roundtables to bring together pro bono leaders from law firms, corporations, legal service agencies and law schools. Attendees discuss timely pro bono issues, challenges and best practices and develop strategies to expand and enhance pro bono in Illinois. The Pro Bono Roundtables allow for unique constituent group-specific conversations, while the Forums are for everyone and give attendees an opportunity for in-depth discussion among a cross-section of the legal profession.

Pro Bono Forums: 

Illinois Forum on Pro Bono in Chicago

On October 3rd, the Illinois Forum on Pro Bono will bring together a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders to discuss the ideas and strategies that came out of the Pro Bono Roundtable.

Judicial Circuit Forums

In 2015, PILI held Forums on Pro Bono in the Third, Tenth and Eleventh Judicial Circuits. In 2016, held Forums on Pro Bono in the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits. In June 2017, PILI also held a Forum on Pro Bono in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.


Pro Bono Roundtables:

Legal Service Agency Roundtable

On April 28, 2017, the Legal Service Agency Roundtable brought together representatives from its partner public interest law organizations to share best practices and strategies for success.

Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable

On May 12, 2017, the Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable brought together law firm pro bono leaders to discuss pro bono opportunities and challenges and to share best practices and strategies for successful pro bono programs.

Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable

On June 14, 2017, the Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable brought together pro bono leaders from corporate legal departments to discuss opportunities, challenges, best practices and strategies for successful pro bono programs.

Law School Pro Bono Roundtable

On July 26, 2017, the Law School Pro Bono Roundtable brought together law school representatives to discuss best practices, successful strategies, and collaboration opportunities.

Information about PILI’s 2018 Pro Bono Roundtable programming will be available in late 2017.

For more information about PILI’s pro bono programming, contact PILI Program Director Beth Jensen by email or by phone at 309-999-9890.

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