Public Interest Law Initiative

Celebrate Pro Bono Week with PILI

Posted on: September 26, 2018

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 17th

Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Celebration Dinner

5:30 p.m., Danville Country Club, 2718 Denmark Road in Danville

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. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman will be our special guest speaker.

Monday, October 22nd

Eighteenth Judicial Circuit CLE

11:45 a.m., DuPage Judicial Center, 505 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton

The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is joining the DuPage County Bar Association for this session that will provide the background on limited scope representation and how limited scope representation can be used in both their private and pro bono practice to ensure greater access to justice for all.

Tenth Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Reception

5:30 p.m., 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 23rd

Third Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon

11:45 a.m., 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 Julie Katz, Chair of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, and the Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, will be the special guest speakers.

Twentieth Judicial Circuit Forum on Pro Bono

3:00 p.m., Regency Conference Center, 400 Regency Park in O’Fallon

At the Illinois Forum on Pro Bono, the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will bring together a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders from our legal community to discuss timely pro bono issues and share pro bono best practices.

Wednesday, October 24th

Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE Program – Macon County

11:45 a.m., Macon County Courthouse, 253 East Wood Street in Decatur

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is presenting a complimentary CLE on what every lawyer should know about domestic violence.

PILI Legal Answers Clinic

3:00 p.m., CVLS, 33 North Dearborn Street in Chicago

Join the Alumni Network Leadership Council for a training on how to answer questions posted on Illinois Legal Aid Online’s Legal Answers website. Following the training, attorneys will then answer open questions on the site. After 5:00, there will be a complimentary networking reception with drinks and light appetizers for all participants.

Thursday, October 25th

Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE Program & Awards Presentation – Champaign County

11:30 a.m., Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West in Savoy

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is presenting a complimentary CLE on what every lawyer should know about domestic violence as well as present its Community Legal Services Award at this program.

Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception

5:30 p.m., Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive in Rock Island

The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will join the Rock Island County Bar Association to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of pro bono volunteers to expand and enhance access to justice in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride will be our special guest speaker.

Saturday, October 27th

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Legal Advice Fair

8:45 a.m., 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 1st

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception

5:00 p.m., Bell Tower Room at Epiphany Farms Restaurant, 220 East Front Street in Bloomington.

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will host a reception to recognize the efforts of local pro bono volunteers.

For more information about any of these events or PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, contact PILI Program Manager Sarah Taylor by email or phone by 217-693-6017.

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