PILI is thrilled to welcome Abigail Causer, who joined the PILI team as a Managing Attorney and is based in Champaign.
Abigail Causer will be responsible for helping PILI to expand and enhance pro bono legal assistance in the southern part of Illinois by overseeing the work of PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, Illinois Free Legal Answers, and PILI’s participation in the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN) in that region. Most recently, Abigail was an Assistant Public Defender with the Champaign County Public Defender’s Office. In law school, she was a 711 Intern with the Department of Children and Family Services, and both a Research Assistant for Professor Andrew Leipold and a 711 Senior Law Student at the Family Advocacy Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law. Abigail received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Illinois State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ten Thousand Villages Champaign Store. Abigail is admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois. She can be reached by email.
With Abigail’s addition, we are taking it as an opportunity to further organize our statewide efforts. Jessica Schneider, PILI’s other Managing Attorney, and Abigail will work closely together. Jessica will oversee PILI’s Northern Region and Abigail will oversee PILI’s Southern Region. With the additional staffing and this structure, we believe we will be able to accomplish even more in our effort to enhance and expand pro bono in Illinois in partnership with all of our organizational and individual partners across the state.
PILI is grateful for the recent Restore, Reinvest, Renew (R3) grant which provided the majority of funding for this new position.