Illinois Forum on Pro Bono: Sixth Judicial Circuit


At the Illinois Forum on Pro Bono, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee brought together a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders from our legal community to discuss timely pro bono issues and share pro bono best practices.

Download notes from the 2016 Forum on Pro Bono in Monticello »

2016 Agenda

3:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion: The Future of Pro Bono & How You Can Help

Almost 33% of Illinois’ citizens are low-income, with 6.8% 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 Sixth 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, Executive Director, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • Honorable Holly F. Clemons, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Champaign County
  • Valerie McWilliams, Attorney & Pro Bono Coordinator, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Honorable Timothy J. Steadman, Presiding Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of Piatt County

4:00 p.m. – Small Group 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

This program was complimentary, and attendees received 2.0 hours of Illinois MCLE professional responsibility credit. This program is part of PILI’s Forum on Pro Bono Series.

Learn more about the Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee »