PILI is most grateful to the following foundations for their renewed support of our work!
Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN)
PILI is grateful to the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation for their $42,500 grant to support PILI’s ongoing participation in the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN). IL-AFLAN provides civil legal services across Illinois to veterans, active duty military, their spouses and dependents. Through IL-AFLAN, PILI is responsible for accepting referrals through the Network and placing them with pro bono attorneys in 101 counties in Illinois, excluding Cook County. PILI recruits volunteer attorneys, provides training and support, and offers malpractice coverage.
Illinois Bar Foundation
The Illinois Bar Foundation is a longtime supporter of PILI and its statewide work through our Pro Bono Program. PILI is grateful to the Illinois Bar Foundation for renewing their $15,000 grant to PILI, which is in addition to support the IBF provides to PILI as the state administrator of Illinois Free Legal Answers. We share the IBF’s mission to enhance the availability of justice for those without attorneys, and through these programs we work to promote pro bono throughout the state.
Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
PILI received renewed support from the ISBA YLD Children’s Assistance Fund to support the ISBA YLD Named Law Student Intern in Summer 2022. Through this fund, the ISBA YLD, in concert with the Illinois Bar Foundation, seeks to provide grants to organizations across the state related to children and law. PILI is grateful tot he ISBA YLD for its longtime support of PILI and our Law Student Internship Program.
Jerome Mirza Foundation
The Jerome Mirza Foundation has granted PILI $30,000 to support our efforts to promote public interest law and pro bono service in Illinois outside of Chicago. Jerome Mirza, a 1963 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, was a leader in the field of trial advocacy and in the legal profession throughout his long career. This grant supports PILI’s Law Student Internship Program across the state, as well as the work of our Pro Bono Program to promote and expand pro bono across Illinois.
The support of these foundations and all of those who support the work of PILI is critical to helping us achieve our mission to engage, inspire and empower those who advance equal access to justice.