PILI Alumni Spotlight: Usama Ibrahim, 2020 Graduate Fellow

To watch clients in tears, and to be in tears with them, celebrating a professional and personal victory is an unparalleled reminder that this work matters. That it will forever matter. That we have a responsibility, regardless of sector and seniority, to commit some of our time to public service and to aid those who are less privileged than ourselves.

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Gabriel Lara, 2020 Graduate Fellow

“My commitment to services is deeply rooted in my life and career. I have often sought out opportunities to give back to vulnerable communities through nonprofit work. Now, as an attorney, I look forward to continuing this important work through pro bono opportunities.”

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Spotlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

To recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, PILI will be spotlighting a few of the many Asian American and Pacific Islander attorneys who had a significant impact on equal access to justice in the United States. Each week, we will spotlight one of the influential attorneys below. We hope you will join us in recognizing the life, work, and legacies of Hong Yon Chen, Dalip Singh Saund, Patsy Mink and Laura Ch-Yu Liu. 

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Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Highlights from the Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees Summit

On Thursday, April 15th PILI hosted a virtual summit of Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Chairs. PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees strive to increase equal access to justice by promoting and enhancing pro bono legal services within a specific judicial circuit and are led by local pro bono leaders in the community.

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PILI Celebrates National Volunteer Month

We are so grateful to the many volunteers who help make equal access to justice a reality in Illinois! Over the last year, 80 attorneys participated in one of PILI’s Pro Bono Opportunities and 266 attorneys answered questions on Illinois Free Legal Answers. Many others have volunteered by serving on one of our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, presenting at CLEs or our educational seminars, or serving as advisors for our Interns and Fellows. We are so grateful to all those who participate!

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Abigail Causer Joins PILI as New Managing Attorney

PILI is thrilled to welcome Abigail Causer, who joined the PILI team as a Managing Attorney and is based in Champaign. Abigail Causer will be responsible for helping PILI to expand and enhance pro bono legal assistance in the southern part of Illinois by overseeing the work of PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, Illinois […]

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PILI Receives Eviction Response Grant

PILI receives Eviction Response Grant from Illinois Equal Justice Foundation and Illinois Department of Human Services.

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Virtual Pro Bono: Highlights from the 2021 Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable

On March 10th, representatives from Illinois in-house corporate legal departments met online for PILI’s Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable. This year, the group discussed promoting pro bono in a virtual world.

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