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Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees

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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:

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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:

  • Second Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    September 23rd, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event
    The Second Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

  • DuPage Expungement Clinic

    October 2nd, 2021 - 9:30 am, at DuPage County Administration Building
    The DuPage Expungement Clinic will provide free legal assistance to individuals seeking to clear their criminal record. Volunteers will consult with participants on available options for relief, prepare petitions to expunge and/or seal eligible records, and provide guidance on navigating the process from start to finish.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    October 7th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Live Webcast
    The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, October 7th at noon.

  • First Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    October 8th, 2021 - 11:00 am, at Virtual Event
    The First Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet virtually on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Event

    October 25th, 2021 - 5:30 pm, at
    The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

  • Third Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon

    October 26th, 2021 - 11:45 am, at
    The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognizes the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Third Judicial Circuit.

  • Sixth Judicial Circuit CLE Program & Awards Presentation

    October 28th, 2021 - 11:45 am, at
    The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and its Community Legal Services Award Recipient.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Dinner

    October 28th, 2021 - 5:30 pm, at Danville Country Club
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosts this event to commemorate Pro Bono Week and recognized the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    November 3rd, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event
    The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

  • Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    November 16th, 2021 - 8:30 am, at Virtual Event
    The Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    November 17th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event
    The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at noon.

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    December 7th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event
    The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at noon.

  • Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Meeting

    December 9th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event
    The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will meet on Thursday, December 9th at noon.