Thank You to Brinks, Gilson & Lione for Volunteering at the Legal Prep Clinic

Thank you to attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione who volunteered at PILI’s Legal Prep Community Law Clinic in October! Attorneys volunteered to assist clients with legal issues including adoption, probate, guardianship and family law.

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Law Firm Leaders Discuss Increasing Pro Bono at Peoria Summit

On September 11th, the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee held a summit for members of the judiciary, law firm leaders and other pro bono stakeholders met to discuss how to increase pro bono participation at their firms.

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Preparing Students for Future Service: Highlights from the 2019 Law School Pro Bono Roundtable

On July 24th, representatives from area law schools met at the offices of Ogletree Deakins for PILI’s annual Law School Pro Bono Roundtable. This year, the group covered several topics related to preparing students for future public interest law and pro bono service.

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IBF, ILAO & PILI Announce Changes to Illinois Free Legal Answers

After establishing this project in Illinois in 2017 and building a solid foundation for its future, ILAO will transition the state administrator role for the site to PILI as of August 1, 2019. At that time, PILI will take over the day-to-day operations of the site including volunteer recruitment, management and training with the help of funding from the IBF.

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PILI Announces its 2019 Pro Bono Recognition Roster

This year, 48 law firms and corporations were named to the Recognition Roster.

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Getting Buy-In for Pro Bono: Highlights from the 2019 Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable

On April 24th, representatives from Illinois corporate legal departments met at the offices of Hinshaw & Culbertson for PILI’s annual Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable. This year, the group discussed getting buy-in and resources from their companies to increase the impact of pro bono programs.

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PILI’s Legal Help Within Project Reach Kicks Off with Successful First Clinic

On April 8th, PILI hosted the first Legal Help Within Reach Clinic in Sterling, Illinois. That morning, 16 volunteers from Rock Island’s Deere & Company, Lane & Waterman and Pepping, Balk, Kincaid & Olson took a bus to the YWCA of the Saulk Valley to meet with 11 clients about wills and powers of attorney. […]

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Making the Most of the Intern and Fellow Experience: Highlights from the 2019 Legal Service Agency Roundtable

On March 13th, representatives from Illinois public interest law agencies met at the offices of Katten Muchin Rosenman for PILI’s annual Legal Service Agency Roundtable.

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PILI Launching New Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk in Macon County Courthouse

This help desk is a project of the Public Interest Law Initiative’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and is funded in part by the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation.

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Pro Se May Be a Solution, But it’s Also a Symptom: A Response to The Atlantic’s “The DIY Divorce”

This post is a response to the recent “DIY Divorce” article appearing in The Atlantic.

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