Public Interest Law Initiative

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PILI Publications

Pro Bono Prospectus

The Pro Bono Prospectus is intended to aid corporate attorneys who are trying to encourage their company to develop a formal pro bono program and to encourage fellow attorneys to participate in their company’s pro bono activities.

Pro Bono Reference Guide

PILI, in conjunction with The Chicago Bar Foundation, has developed the Pro Bono Reference Guide to provide Illinois corporations with direction, best practices and relevant samples to aid members of the company in developing or enhancing their firm’s pro bono program.

PILI Newsletters, Spotlights and News Archives

PILI issues monthly e-communications, alternating between a newsletter with the latest news and upcoming events and one that spotlights PILI Alumni, outstanding pro bono programs, and members of PILI’s Board of Directors.  You can find the latest news, past newsletter and spotlights and register to receive our e-communications by following the above link.


PILI Programs & Services

Pro Bono Initiative Program

PILI is a resource for Illinois law firms and corporations developing or enhancing pro bono programs. This pro bono consulting program fosters business cultures and legal careers that feature a commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.

PILI Pro Bono Recognition Roster

PILI seeks to recognize the noteworthy pro bono contributions of law firms throughout the state of Illinois, as well as their attorneys and staff. Congratulations to the law firms whose exemplary pro bono work has earned them a spot on our 2015 Pro Bono Recognition Roster! The certification period for the 2016 Pro Bono Recognition Roster is open until Friday, May 6, 2016.

Pro Bono Technical Consultations

Another key service PILI provides is delivering technical consultations to law firms wishing to establish or reinvigorate their pro bono programs. As a service to the firm, PILI gathers a consultation team that includes representatives from other Illinois corporations that have been successful in the development and/or management of a pro bono program. To arrange a pro bono technical consultation, contact PILI’s Executive Director, Michael Bergmann, by e-mail or at 312-832-5129.

Pro Bono for Retired and Inactive Attorneys, Attorneys Licensed in Another State, Government Attorneys, House Counsel Status Attorneys and Paralegals

PILI recently created this brochure that provides details to a variety of potential pro bono volunteers about how they can lend their skills and commitment to legal aid programs. The above link will allow you to open the brochure as a pdf, which you can also download.


PILI Events for Corporations

Each year, PILI holds a Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable to bring together corporate pro bono leaders to discuss pro bono opportunities, challenges, best practices and strategies for successful programs.

We also have an annual Illinois Forum on Pro Bono in Chicago to give pro bono leaders from law firms, corporations, legal service agencies and law schools an opportunity for in-depth discussion among a cross-section of the legal profession. We also hold this program in other cities across Illinois through our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees. Learn more about our Forums on Pro Bono »

PILI also hosts two special events each year:

Our Annual Pro Bono Reception in June celebrates the inspiring and life-changing pro bono work being done in Illinois through effective pro bono programs, innovative partnerships, and the unwavering dedication of individual attorneys and legal professionals. We also acknowledge the law firms and corporations that have been named to our Pro Bono Recognition Roster at this event.

Our Annual Awards Luncheon in December brings together nearly 500 members of the Illinois legal community every year to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of the countless lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations who dedicate themselves to serving low-income people with legal needs.

See all upcoming events for corporations »


Other Resources

Pro Bono Opportunities for Attorneys in the Chicago Area

The Chicago Bar Foundation publishes information about volunteer opportunities in a guide entitled, “Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities for Attorneys in the Chicago Area.”

Statewide Pro Bono Resources

Visit www.IllinoisLegalAid.org for statewide pro bono opportunities and resources. Users can access free online training materials and resources to assist you with your pro bono matter. Users can also search based on variety of factors, including location, type of opportunity, area of law, skills and time availability.

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