As part of our 2020 virtual Annual Pro Bono Reception, we introduced 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 through our statewide pro bono opportunities.
Seven volunteers were named to the inaugural Honor Roll, announced and recognized on Thursday, June 18, 2020 during PILI’s virtual Annual Pro Bono Reception.
Legal Prep Community Law Clinic
Dave has been a champion of the Legal Prep Clinic at Latham & Watkins for several years, rallying colleagues to join him at the clinic and take on matters. He has taken several cases through the clinic, many involving extensive litigation. He is currently defending a client in an inappropriately filed breach of contract suit.
Tenth Circuit Self-Represented Litigant Help Desks
Sandy is a paralegal who volunteers at our courthouse help desks at Peoria and Tazewell County Courthouses. She volunteers for nearly every date of the help desks, even though she is retired and cut down on a lot of her other commitments.
Legal Help Within Reach
Abigail was an integral partner in organizing a clinic to get Wills & Powers of Attorney for recent recipients of Habitat for Humanity Homes in Peoria. She also regularly volunteers with our other projects and is one of our go-to volunteers.
Conflict of Interest Pro Bono Referral Project
Mitch has volunteered more hours and taken more cases than any of our other volunteers. He is the one we go to when we need somebody because it’s almost guaranteed he’ll take the case.
Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network
Brian Kalb is a veteran and has taken several cases through the IL-AFLAN program. He assisted a veteran who was having difficulty obtaining a drivers license and currently is assisting a client with a probate matter trying to ensure the client is able to keep his home.
Illinois Free Legal Answers
Jennifer has answered over 700 questions from low-income clients on the Illinois Free Legal Answers website since its inception in 2016. This is 200 more than anyone else in the state!
Sixth Circuit Self-Represented Litigant Help Desks
Daniel has volunteered more times than anyone else at the Champaign County Courthouse help desks that we launched early last year. He has become a star volunteer in the area and someone we can rely on to help those in need.
The Honor Roll was announced in the video below with the help of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
To learn more about PILI’s pro bono opportunities or our Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll, please contact PILI Managing Attorney Jessica Schneider at 312-832-5125 or by email.