Public Interest Law Initiative

Annual Pro Bono Reception

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.

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.

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 »

Support our Work

In addition to being a celebration, the Annual Pro Bono Reception is a major fundraising event for PILI with donations from this event supporting our Pro Bono Program. Like many nonprofits, we are facing financial uncertainty due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our goal is to raise an additional $10,000 from individual contributions throughout the week of our virtual Annual Pro Bono Reception. Your support will ensure that we can maintain and grow our Pro Bono Program to help more people in need obtain access to justice.

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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 »

Sponsor the Event

Sponsoring the Annual Pro Bono Reception is a great way to support pro bono service in Illinois. We are incredibly grateful to the law firms and corporations that have supported this year’s event to date! Check out our sponsors here. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000 and all sponsors are acknowledged in all communication before, during and after the event.

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If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lauren Harper by email or by phone at 312-832-5131.

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