Public Interest Law Initiative

Celebrate Pro Bono Week with PILI

Posted on: July 1, 2019

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. These events are all in partnership with either Land of Lincoln Legal Aid or Prairie State Legal Services. Additional events in other Judicial Circuits will likely be added in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Communications & Events Manager Lauren Harper by email or by phone at 312-832-5131.

Saturday, October 19

Sangamon County Expungement Summit

10:00 a.m., Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 West Miller Street in Springfield

The Sangamon County Summit is an opportunity for individuals to receive free legal consultations on their options for criminal records relief. Volunteers will prepare petitions to expunge and/or seal records for eligible participants to file in the appropriate circuit court.

Monday, October 21st

Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Inaugural DuPage County Spirit of Pro Bono Breakfast

8:30 a.m., Attorney Resource Center, DuPage Judicial Center, 505 North County Farm Road in Wheaton

The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will showcase available pro bono opportunities and present the inaugural Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award. 

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.

Tuesday, October 22nd

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception

5:30p.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.

Wednesday, October 23rd

Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Celebration Dinner

5:30 p.m., Mattoon Golf & 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.

Thursday, October 24th

Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE Program & Awards Presentation

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

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is holding a complimentary CLE entitled, “Assisting Elderly Clients & Their Families,” as well as presenting its Community Legal Services Award at this program.

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. Leslie Corbett, Executive Director of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation will be the keynote speaker.

PILI Legal Answers Clinic

4:00 p.m., CVLS, 33 North Dearborn Street in Chicago

PILI Alumni and Young Professionals Board Members will join us to learn how to use the site and answer 1-2 questions for those in need through this discrete pro bono opportunity.

Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception

5:30 p.m., Deere & Company World Headquarters, One John Deere Place, Moline

The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of pro bono volunteers to expand and enhance access to justice in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

Saturday, October 26th

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.

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities for Law Students (Chicago)

10:00 a.m., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams in Chicago

Looking to secure a legal aid, public interest law or government position during or after law school? This complimentary program is for law students who are interested in learning more about opportunities as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the public interest law sector.

Thursday, October 31st

Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE in Decatur

12:00 p.m., Macon County Courthouse, 253 East Wood Street in Decatur

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is co-hosting this CLE program with the Decatur Bar Association to prepare attorneys to volunteer at PILI’s Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk in the Macon County Courthouse.

Friday, November 22nd

Twentieth Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon

12:00 p.m., Doubletree, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville

The Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will commemorate Pro Bono Week in conjunction with Land of Lincoln’s annual family law seminar. Attendees of the seminar as well as anyone who is interested in celebrating the outstanding pro bono work happening in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit are invited to attend.

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