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
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
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. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas will be the special guest speaker at this event.
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 the special guest speaker at this event.
Tuesday, October 22nd
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. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman will be the special guest speaker at this event.
Wednesday, October 23rd
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. Illinois Appellate Court Justice Lisa Holder White will be the special guest speaker at this event.
Thursday, October 24th
11:30 a.m., Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West in Savoy
The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is holding a CLE entitled, “Assisting Elderly Clients & Their Families,” as well as presenting its Community Legal Services Award at this program.
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 and Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier will be the special guest speakers at this event.
4:00 p.m., CVLS, 33 North Dearborn Street in Chicago
PILI Alumni and Young Professionals Board Members will gather together to learn how to use Illinois Free Legal Answers and answer 1-2 questions for those in need through this discrete pro bono opportunity.
Saturday, October 26th
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, November 12th
5:30 p.m., Southern Illinois University School of Law, 1150 Douglas Drive in Carbondale
Join us for a reception to celebrate the outstanding pro bono work being performed by the Southern Illinois legal community and to learn about how you can do your part to help low-income individuals and families in need with their legal problems. Law students, legal professionals, members of the judiciary and lawyers are all invited to attend this complimentary reception. First Judicial Circuit Judge Michael A. Fiello will be the guest speaker.
Tuesday, November 19th
5:30 p.m., Deere & Company World Headquarters, One Deere Place in 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. Mary Jones, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Worldwide Public Affairs at Deere & Company will be the special guest speaker.
Friday, November 22nd
12:00 p.m., Doubletree, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive in 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. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier will be the special guest speaker at this event.