Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI Receives Grant from Illinois Equal Justice Foundation

Posted on: December 19, 2018

PILI is thrilled to announce that it has received a $15,000 grant from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF). This grant will support PILI’s efforts to provide Self-Help Legal Assistance through several projects. The grant will specifically support Self-Represented Litigant Help Desks in the Sixth and Tenth Judicial Circuits through its Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees it operates in those circuits as well as mobile legal aid clinics it will offer through a new project, Legal Help Within Reach.

PILI has been operating Self-Represented Help Desks in the Tenth Circuit at the Peoria and Tazewell County Courthouses for several years. In 2019, with the support of this grant, PILI will work to expand and enhance these help desks while also launching new help desks in the Sixth Circuit in the Champaign and Macon County Courthouses. Legal Help Within Reach is a new project being developed by Shelby Smith, PILI’s Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Deere & Company, Lane & Waterman LLP and Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP.

IEJF distributes funding appropriated by the State of Illinois to support not-for-profit legal aid programs. The funding for the IEJF, which comes through an appropriation through the Office of the Attorney General, directly helps families in crisis, victims of domestic violence and seniors facing abuse and financial exploitation. The IEJF supports innovative, cost-effective legal aid programs that empower clients to resolve legal issues and regain control of their lives. This is only PILI’s second grant from IEJF, the other grant having been received earlier this year to fund PILI’s participation in the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN).

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