PILI’s Pro Bono Committees in Illinois’ Third, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits celebrated National Pro Bono Week, October 19-25, 2014, with special events across the state.
PILI is hosting several special events across the state through our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees to celebrate Pro Bono Week and to honor pro bono attorneys in each circuit.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ran an article about the real difference PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees are making in the lives of low-income people with legal needs in Illinois.
Each year, PILI’s Alumni Network Leadership Council organizes service projects in partnership with PILI’s Participating Agencies to maintain the connection between PILI’s and the public interest law community. We are excited to share details with you about the following opportunities and events and we hope you will join us!
On Wednesday, June 18th, over 250 members of the Illinois legal community gathered together in celebration at PILI’s Annual Pro Bono Reception. Photos from this year’s event are now available.
Beginning this fall, students at the Southern Illinois University School of Law will be required to complete 35 hours of pro bono work prior to graduation. This requirement is the first of its kind for a law school in Illinois.
PILI has launched a new Pro Bono Pledge for law firms and corporations across the state to honor and encourage their commitment to pro bono. The Pro Bono Pledge is being launched in individual judicial circuits in Illinois.
“Legal aid handles cases that affect basic human needs. A pro bono attorney can save a family’s home in the matter of a few hours, or keep someone safe from an abuser. Even working on one case in a year has a measureable impact on a person’s life.”
PILI is pleased to announce that Illinois Appellate Court Justice Michael Hyman will be the keynote speaker at PILI’s Annual Pro Bono Reception on June 18!
“Apart from an attorney’s ethical obligation that comes with the license to practice law, the needs and rewards from giving back to the community and helping those in need are so great that everyone should be given the opportunity and resources to make it a priority.”