Third Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon

About the Event

Register Now: The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will host this event to commemorate Pro Bono Week, recognize the efforts of local pro bono volunteers and celebrate its Pro Bono Service Award Recipient. Advance registration is required using the form below.

At this event, we will present the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award to one or more lawyers practicing in the Third Judicial Circuit who have provided outstanding pro bono services to low-income individuals and charitable organizations in the last year. We will also present the inaugural Judge Barbara Crowder Pro Bono Champion Award to a courthouse staff person or member of the Judiciary who demonstrate their support for pro bono in the courthouse on a regular basis.

We are thrilled to announce that Illinois Supreme Court Justice David K. Overstreet will be our special guest speaker for this event.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact PILI Managing Attorney Abigail Causer at 217-693-6017 or by email.

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The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award will be presented to one or more lawyers (or law firm(s)) practicing in the Third Judicial Circuit who have provided outstanding pro bono services to low-income individuals and charitable organizations in the last year.

In 2023, the Committee will also present the inaugural Judge Barbara Crowder Pro Bono Champion Award. This award will be presented to a courthouse staff person or member of the Judiciary who demonstrate their support for pro bono in the courthouse on a regular basis. Although this awardee may not provide direct pro bono legal services, their support is vital in promoting access to justice in the Third Judicial Circuit.

ABOUT THE PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT: MILLERKING LLC

As a firm, Miller King does pro bono work for Land of Lincoln, PILI, Catholic Charities, the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and as assigned by the law library. This work includes obtaining divorces and parenting plans; securing maintenance, child support, and money judgments; drafting wills and powers of attorney; obtaining a presumptive death certificate; acting as a mediator and GAL; and providing consultations to survivors of domestic violence. The attorneys also take an active role in the community, donating their time and professional advice to causes and organizations such as Catholic Children’s Home Advisory board, Knights of Columbus, the Riverbend Growth Association Young Adults Committee, Red Mass, Junior Explorers Football Club, and other not-for-profit organizations.

ABOUT THE JUDGE BARBARA CROWDER PRO BONO CHAMPION AWARD RECIPIENT: BRIANNA PIERSON

Brianna Pierson is a JusticeCorps Fellow in Madison County through the Illinois Bar Foundation. Brianna has proven to be an invaluable asset to the Law Library and directing patrons to pro bono resources. She is credited with the Law Library and Legal Self-Help Center’s ability to maintain the same service levels many of the patrons have grown accustomed to during a brief period of turnover. She regularly assists with making pro bono referrals and directing self-represented litigants to the Legal Advice Clinic. She is not only dependable and smart, but also empathetic and compassionate to patrons. Brianna has gone above and beyond her call for service in her position.

Prior Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Service Award Recipients:

  • Christopher Hunter (2022)
  • Janel Freeman (2021)
  • Denise Crouse Cobb (2020)
  • Dave Fahrenkamp (2019)
  • Leonard Berg (2018)
  • Hepler Broom (2017)
  • Leslie Wood (2016)
  • Simmons Hanly Conroy (2016)
  • Trent Cameron (2015)
  • Jennifer A. Shaw (2015)
  • Tanja M. Cook (2014)

REGISTER HERE FOR THE LUNCHEON

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