Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Week Happy Hour


Join the Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee in partnership with the Champaign County Bar Association for a happy hour to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the commitment of our committee members and local pro bono volunteers. The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee’s Community Legal Services Award will be presented at this event. PILI will provide appetizers, and attendees will be responsible for the cost of their beverages. The Champaign County Bar Association has generously agreed to cover the first $500 of the bar tab.

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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Ellyn Bullock owns Bullock Law, LLC. and focuses on adoption and child welfare. Ellyn’s work includes assisted reproduction and surrogacy in addition to domestic and international adoptions and guardianship of Minor Children and she uses her specific expertise to assist through pro bono. She works with immigrants on issues of custody and adoption and guardianship that can lead to citizenship through special immigrant juvenile status or SIJS. She handles many pro bono cases, especially adoptions and guardianships of children through Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. She also accepts GAL appointments and waives GAL fees in Court appointed cases involving minor children. Outside of child welfare, and in light of her federal court clerkship background, Ellyn has handled several pro bono appointed prisoner civil rights cases.


Donna Davis serves as Associate General Counsel for the University of Illinois Foundation in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Donna provides legal advice and representation to the University of Illinois Foundation, including the Board of Directors, Executive Officers, and Professional Staff. Serving as a Board of Trustees member for the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, Donna utilizes her skills and resources as an attorney to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. She has been instrumental in assisting with the launch of the new Sixth Circuit Virtual Help Desk by assisting in testing and launching the new virtual system in addition to volunteering to staff it frequently when we would otherwise not have a volunteer.

Prior Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Community Legal Service Award Recipients:

  • Anne Martinkus (2022)
  • Andrew Bequette (2021)
  • John T. Phipps (2020)
  • Cristina Manuel (2019)
  • Ruth Wyman (2018)
  • Rob Jacobson (2017)
  • Ellyn Bullock (2016)
  • Marvin Gerstein (2015)
  • Kurt P. Froehlich (2014)
  • Amber Drew (2013)

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