Illinois Forum on Pro Bono – Twentieth Judicial Circuit

The Future of Pro Bono and How You Can Help

Join a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders from the Twentieth Judicial Circuit to discuss poverty in Illinois and how it relates to unmet legal needs, how pro bono is a key element in meeting those needs as well as other timely pro bono issues and share pro bono best practices.


3:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion

Almost 37% of Illinois’ citizens are low-income, with 6.3% of the total population living in extreme poverty. This panel discussion will explore the need for free legal assistance for individuals and families living in  poverty in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, ways in which the community is pulling together to try to address that need, rules of professional conduct that are relevant to pro bono practice, and strategies for making a difference.


  • Michael G. Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • Stacy Campbell, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Honorable Julie Katz, Associate Judge, Twentieth Judicial Circuit

4:00 p.m. – Roundtable Discussion

Following the panel discussion, attendees will participate in small group discussions focused on identifying barriers and obstacles to pro bono, sharing best practices, and developing strategies to enhance and expand pro bono.

5:00 p.m. – Networking Reception

Participants are invited to attend a networking reception immediately following the program to celebrate the significant pro bono being done locally and the launch of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.

2.0 hours of Illinois MCLE professional responsibility credit has been requested. This program is presented in partnership with Land of Lincoln Assistance Foundation as well as the bar associations of Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington Counties.

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This program is complimentary, but advance registration is required. In return, attendees are asked to take on an additional pro bono matter in the year to come.

If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact us by email or at  312-832-5127.