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Four Volunteers Named to PILI’s 2024 Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll

As part of our Annual Pro Bono Reception on June 26, 2024, we will celebrate those named to PILI’s Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll. Those recognized through our Honor Roll have been chosen by PILI staff for their volunteer contributions through the pro bono opportunities available through PILI’s Pro Bono Program. We are so grateful to these extraordinary volunteers whom we regularly rely on to help individuals, families and communities in need.

The four volunteers named to PILI’s 2024 Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll are:

Christopher Crawford

Quinn Johnston

Conflict of Interest Pro Bono Referral Panel

What motivates you to do pro bono?

I do pro bono because everyone needs access to good legal representation. I am mindful of my duty to be a good citizen. I need to help my fellow neighbors where I can. The clients I have met through pro bono work often find themselves in difficult situations. The last thing they need to be stressed about is navigating the legal system.  Donating money is great, but donating time is even better. It’s best to do both. My faith also motivates me to do pro bono work. Finally, pro bono service generally results in a win. It feels good when the work you do results in the something positive.

Why do you think other people should do pro bono?

Lawyers, by the nature of the profession, are called upon to be good citizens. Citizenship is very important to me. No matter our political beliefs, we can foster a sense of unity be aspiring to be good citizens. A lawyer has a license and a unique set of skills that can help others. Helping other is central to being a good citizen.

Why do you like to do pro bono through PILI and why is it important for you to have a pro bono role with PILI

The staff at PILI is great to work with. They understand that those of us who accept pro bono assignments are busy. They provide informational support when needed, are responsive and follow up on files to make sure they are handled correctly. I’m just happy to be recognized. I feel good about being a lawyer when I help others.  I feel good about being a lawyer generally, but service to others make me feel even better.  It cleanses any cynicism that can build up as we get caught up in the business and routine of life.

Brittany Elliott

Embrich & Elliott Law

Self-Represented Litigant Help Desks

What motivates you to do pro bono?

I am motivated to do pro bono work by the desire to assist those in the community that cannot afford legal services by sharing the knowledge I possess that could potentially be life changing for a person without means.

Why do you think other people should do pro bono?

I believe it is an attorney’s duty to utilize their knowledge and services to assist those regardless of financial circumstances.

Why do you like to do pro bono through PILI and why is it important for you to have a pro bono role with PILI?

PILI makes taking on pro bono cases very simple.  I am provided with all intake information, as well as documentation to get started in the event I am able to take the case.  I appreciate the amount of time this saves.

Harold Hilborn

Much Shelist, P.C.

Illinois Free Legal Answers

What motivates you to do pro bono?

Pro bono work provides the kind of personal satisfaction that comes much more sporadically with paid work for clients who are businesses. It’s clear that when pro bono clients have legal problems, the stress weighs on them, and when I can help relieve that by providing legal advice, it just makes me happy.

Why do you think other people should do pro bono?

Having a license to practice law is a privilege, one that excludes lots of otherwise qualified people from charging for some of the services that lawyers provide. Lawyers benefit greatly from this monopoly, and it’s not too much to ask to give back with a little sweat equity that directly benefits people who can’t afford lawyers.

Why do you like to do pro bono through PILI and why is it important for you to have a pro bono role with PILI?

Illinois Free Legal Answers makes is easy and convenient to do pro bono. I’m able to do it on my own schedule and commit as little or as much time as I have. I enjoy that it gives me exposure to areas of the law that have no relation to what I do in my everyday practice, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that with a little research and investigation, I can figure it out and provide good advice.

Yolanda Riley

The Law Offices of Yolanda J. Riley, LLC

Pro Bono Clinics

What motivates you to do pro bono?

Besides having a sense of moral and professional obligation, I enjoy providing pro bono services for clients who wouldn’t have had the chance at legal representation. I handle all my cases, whether private or pro bono, with the same vigor and I know my pro bono clients are truly grateful.

Why do you think other people should do pro bono?

Other attorneys should participate in pro bono work if their time allows. It may be just 3-20 hours a year for you, but your services are invaluable to those in need.

Why do you like to do pro bono through PILI and why is it important for you to have a pro bono role with PILI?

I believe in PILI’s mission, and I have seen firsthand the dedication the organization has to Illinoisans. Being a part of PILI’s pro bono work allows me to have a part in advancing equal access to justice for those in my area.

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