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Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees


PILI's Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees strive to increase equal access to justice by promoting and enhancing pro bono legal services within a specific judicial circuit by:

  • Raising awareness of the need for free or low-cost legal services;
  • Identifying and reducing barriers to providing free or low-cost legal services;
  • Promoting pro bono legal services and recruiting attorneys and legal professionals to participate in existing pro bono programs;
  • Identifying gaps in the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals and families and developing innovative approaches to filling those gaps through pro bono; and
  • Recognizing the pro bono contributions of attorneys and legal professionals.

Each Committee consists of members of the judiciary as well as pro bono leaders from local law firms, corporations, bar associations, and public interest law organizations. All of the Committees differ in size and their goals vary depending on the local make-up of the circuit.

PILI has launched Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees in the following circuits. Follow the link to learn more about each Committee, the membership, current projects and upcoming events within the circuit:

First Circuit »
Second Circuit »
Third Circuit »
Fifth Circuit »
Sixth Circuit »
Tenth Circuit »
Eleventh Circuit »
Fourteenth Circuit »
Eighteenth Circuit »
Twentieth Circuit »
Twenty-Third Circuit »

PILI’s Pro Bono Pledge is being launched through our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, in recognition of the responsibility of all members of the legal profession – from corporate lawyers to law firm lawyers to solo practitioners to legal staff – to increase access to our legal system. The Pledge has been launched in the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, Eleventh and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits.

For more information about PILI's Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees, contact PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann by email or by phone at 312-832-5129.

Upcoming Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Events:

  • 14th Circuit Criminal Records Relief Clinic – Volunteer Sign Up

    March 5th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at Moline Public Library
    Join PILI's Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Prairie State Legal Services and Rock Island County NAACP to volunteer at an Expungement Clinic that will provide free legal assistance to individuals living in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside Counties seeking to clear their criminal records.

  • NIU Illinois Free Legal Answers Clinic & Happy Hour

    March 28th, 2024 - 5:00 pm, at Fatty's Pub & Grille
    The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is organizing this event for attorneys and NIU law students to jointly answer questions on Illinois Free Legal Answers.