Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI’s Pro Bono Forums & Roundtables

Each year, PILI holds several Pro Bono Forums and Roundtables to bring together pro bono leaders from law firms, corporations, legal service agencies and law schools. Attendees discuss timely pro bono issues, challenges and best practices and develop strategies to expand and enhance pro bono in Illinois. The Pro Bono Roundtables allow for unique constituent group-specific conversations, while the Forums are for everyone and give attendees an opportunity for in-depth discussion among a cross-section of the legal profession.

Pro Bono Forums: 

Illinois Forum on Pro Bono in Chicago

Tyipcally held in the fall, this program brings together a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders to discuss the ideas and strategies that came out of the Pro Bono Roundtables held during that year. In 2020, this program will be held on November 12th.

Other Prior Forums on Pro Bono

In 2015, PILI held Forums on Pro Bono in the Third, Tenth and Eleventh Judicial Circuits. In 2016, PILI held Forums on Pro Bono in the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits. In June 2017, PILI also held a Forum on Pro Bono in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. In September 2018, PILI held a Forum on Pro Bono for pro bono leaders Ford & Logan Counties in conjunction with its Sixth and Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees. That same year, PILI also held a Forum on Pro Bono with the launch of its Twentieth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.


Pro Bono Roundtables:

Law School Pro Bono Roundtable

The Law School Pro Bono Roundtable will be held virtually on July 29, 2020. This program brings together law school representatives to discuss best practices, successful strategies and collaboration opportunities.

Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable

The Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable will be held virtually on September 15, 2020. This program brings together law firm pro bono to discuss pro bono opportunities and challenges, and to share best practices and strategies for successful pro bono programs.

Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable

The Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable was held on February 26, 2020. This program brings together corporate pro bono to discuss pro bono opportunities and challenges, and to share best practices and strategies for successful pro bono programs.

Legal Service Agency Roundtable

The Legal Service Agency Roundtable was held on March 26, 2020. This program brings together representatives from PILI’s partner public interest law agencies to share best practices and strategies for success.


For more information about PILI’s pro bono programming, please contact PILI Senior Managing Attorney Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

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