Eleventh Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Virtual Reception


The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will host this event to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the commitment of local pro bono volunteers in increasing access to justice. This event is a virtual/live reception that will begin at 4:30.


  • Carrie Haas, Chair of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
  • Honorable Thomas Harris of the Illinois Appellate Court

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Distinguished Service Award Recipient: Mike McElvain 

Mike McElvain is being honored for his exemplary service to the community and his longtime support of pro bono. Mike has served on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee since its inception and for many years, also served as its chair. He has also served on the McLean County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee and for many years coordinated the referral of pro bono cases through the bar association that had been referred by Prairie State due to a conflict of interest. Mike’s legal career has exemplified the ideals expressed in the Preamble of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. Mike often reminds his fellow lawyers of some of those words, especially that “It is the responsibility of those licensed as officers of the court to use their training, experience, and skills to provide services in the public interest for which compensation may not be available.”

Mike graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1972, after receiving  a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1969.

Advance registration is required to receive the event link. If you have any questions or problems with the form contact PILI Managing Attorney Jessica Schneider at 312-832-5125 or by email.

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