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.
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.
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!
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 […]
What we’ve been up to this month.
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.
“I think in law school, because of all the work and stress, it’s easy to lose focus of why we chose this career but engaging in direct client representation through public interest work has allowed me to remember why I came to law school—to make justice accessible to everyone.”
“As a PILI Intern, I have been able to join a cohort of so many great friends that are passionate about using the legal tools we have gain during law school to provide representation to communities that have limited access to legal representation.”
Happy International Women’s Day! Women have been a huge part of the legal profession, but they haven’t always been welcome. Additionally, many of the rights women in the United States have today had to be fought for in the courtroom. We listed some of the key historical women and cases here. Read more about women […]