Public Interest Law Initiative

Celebrate Pro Bono Week with PILI

Posted on: October 2, 2017

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Coordinated by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Pro Bono Week is intended to inspire even greater pro bono participation by lawyers throughout the nation. This initiative provides an opportunity for legal organizations across the country to collaboratively commemorate the vitally important contributions of America’s lawyers and to recruit and train the many additional volunteers required to meet the growing demand. The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service undertook this initiative to provide a format for showcasing the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our nation, to our system of justice, to our communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

PILI has regularly participated in Pro Bono Week with our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees hosting or co-sponsoring at least one Pro Bono Week event. To find out more about these events, visit our Pro Bono Week  Events Calendar or click on the links below.

Wednesday, October 18th, 11:45 am

Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE Program

Macon County Courthouse, 253 Wood Street in Decatur

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will present a complimentary CLE and lunch will be provided.

Monday, October 23rd, 5:30 pm

Tenth Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Reception

Caterpillar Visitors Center, 110 SW Washington Street in Peoria

The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride will be our special guest speaker.

Tuesday, October 24th, 12:00 pm

Third Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon

Leclaire Room at Lewis and Clark Community College, 600 Troy Road in Edwardsville

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Third Judicial Circuit. The Honorable Michael A. Fiello of the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and the Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court will be our special guest speakers.

Wednesday, October 25th, 5:00 pm

Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception

Deere & Company World Headquarters in Moline

The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will host a reception at John Deere. Pro bono volunteers who have worked to expand and enhance pro bono in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit will be recognized at the event. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride will be our special guest speaker.

Thursday, October 26th, 11:30 am

Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE Program & Awards Presentation

Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West in Savoy

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is presenting a complimentary CLE as well as its Community Legal Services Award at this program.

Thursday, October 26th, 4:30 pm

Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception & Sign Up Party

DuPage County Bar Association, 126 South County Farm Road in Wheaton

In the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, the DuPage County Bar Association is kicking off the Ask-a-Lawyer Help Desk for small claims and landlord tenant issues on Thursday, October 26th. To celebrate, the bar is hosting a Pro Bono Reception and Sign Up Party that evening at the Bar Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 28th, 8:45 am

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Legal Advice Fair

Mid Central Community Action, 1301 West Washington Street in Bloomington

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is once again co-sponsoring a Legal Advice Fair in Bloomington, where volunteer attorneys were available to give one-time legal advice concerning family issues, housing disputes, debt concerns and more.

Thursday, November 2nd, 5:30 pm

Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Celebration Dinner

Mattoon Country Club, 6700 N Country Club Road in Mattoon

The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Curtis Lovelace of The Lovelace Center for Criminal Defense will be the special guest speaker.

For more information about any of these events or PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, contact PILI Program Director Beth Jensen by email or at 309-999-9890.

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