SAVE THE DATE: In 2021, the Annual Pro Bono Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16th at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to gather in person at that time, however, we are monitoring federal and state health guidelines and will hold the event virtually if in-person gathering is not possible.
About the Event
PILI’s Annual Pro Bono Reception celebrates the inspiring and life-changing pro bono work being done in Illinois through effective pro bono programs, innovative partnerships, and the unwavering dedication of individual attorneys and legal professionals.
Sponsor the Event
We offer several sponsorship opportunities and recognizes events sponsors on all web and print material related to the event. In 2020, there were 35 sponsors for this event, including 28 law firms and seven corporations. Firm and corporate sponsorships start at $1,000 and all funds raised go towards our Pro Bono Program.
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In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, PILI held a week-long Annual Pro Bono Reception to celebrate the amazing pro bono work being done throughout Illinois. Over the week of June 15-19, 2020, PILI shared a daily feature presentation premiering on PILI’s Facebook page and YouTube channel .
Schedule of Events: 2020 Virtual Annual Pro Bono Reception
Day One: The celebration kicked-off with PILI Board President Sarah Bernstein and Executive Director Michael Bergmann. Watch Monday’s video on our YouTube channel »
Day Two: Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke joined us to deliver remarks and to congratulate the law firms and corporations named to PILI’s 2020 Pro Bono Recognition Roster. Watch Tuesday’s video on our YouTube channel »
Day Three: PILI Executive Director sat down with ABA President Judy Perry Martinez for a discussion about how lawyers can help during this time through pro bono service and legal aid. Watch Wednesday’s video on our YouTube channel »
Day Four: Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined us to deliver remarks and to congratulate those individuals named to PILI’s inaugural Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll. Watch Thursday’s video on our YouTube channel »
Day Five: We wrapped up the celebration. Watch Friday’s video on our YouTube channel »
Pro Bono Recognition Roster
The Pro Bono Recognition Roster honors law firms and corporations that have made significant commitments and contributions to pro bono throughout the state of Illinois to provide legal assistance to individuals, families and communities in need. The Roster typically includes 45-50 of the top law firms and corporate legal departments in the state that have demonstrated a significant contribution to pro bono over the last year. We spotlight their pro bono contributions on event signage and slide show and in subsequent press releases, emails and website communications. The 2020 Pro Bono Recognition Roster was announced on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 during our virtual Annual Pro Bono Reception. View the 2020 Recognition Roster »
Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll
In 2020, we are introducing PILI’s Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll. Those recognized through our inaugural Honor Roll have been chosen by PILI staff for their volunteer contributions through pro bono opportunities available through PILI’s Pro Bono Program. We are so grateful to these extraordinary volunteers whom we regularly rely on to help individuals, families and communities in need through our statewide pro bono opportunities. There are seven volunteers named to the Honor Roll and they were announced and recognized on Thursday, June 18, 2020 during our virtual Annual Pro Bono Reception. Read about the inaugural class of PILI’s Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll »
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lauren Harper by email or by phone at 312-832-5131.