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The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award will be presented to one or more lawyers practicing in the Tenth Judicial Circuit who have provided outstanding pro bono services to low-income individuals or charitable organizations in the last year. Nominations for these awards are now open.

Last year, the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee decided to name its annual Pro Bono Service Award after Joseph A. Dailing who passed away in 2022, leaving behind an incredible legacy of advocating for access to justice for all. Joe was the founding Executive Director of Prairie State Legal Services. Under Joe’s leadership, Prairie State grew to serve 30 counties, served tens of thousands of people in need and addressed inequities in how government agencies treated people who relied upon services.

You may submit a self-nomination or nominate a colleague, and you may also submit multiple nominations. The awards are intended to recognize pro bono legal services rendered in the last twelve months. The pro bono work may be performed through a legal aid agency or on your own so long as it meets the definition provided for in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756*. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete the nomination form.

Award recipients will be chosen by the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and announced in September. They will be recognized at the Celebrate Pro Bono Reception to be held during Pro Bono Week.

Nominations are due by Friday, August 30th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Abigail Causer by email or at 217-693-6017.

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*Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(f) defines pro bono as: legal services without charge or expectation of a fee to persons of limited means; legal services to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organizations in matters designed to address the needs of persons of limited means; legal services to charitable, religious, civic or community organizations in furtherance of their organizational purpose; or training intended to benefit legal aid organizations or lawyers who provide pro bono services. According to Rule 756(f), "persons of limited means" are not only those persons with household incomes below the federal poverty standard but also those persons frequently referred to as the “working poor.”

Past Award Recipients:

2023 Joseph A. Dailing Pro Bono Service Award Recipient: Tamara Meister

Tamara (Tami) Meister is a partner at Butler Giraudo & Meister where she focuses her practice on complex financial matters and custody disputes. Tami is an active member in her community, often encouraging and recruiting peers to do pro bono work as a member of the Tenth Circuit Judicial Pro Bono Committee. She uses her experience in family law to address a large area of need. She quickly took the initiative of helping start up a pro bono divorce clinic through the Committee’s legal aid partners and went above and beyond to bring each case to a successful conclusion. In addition to taking on matters, Tami established a model for the clinic that is being adopted by other law firms and attorneys. Tami also volunteers for the PILI Self-Represented Litigant Help Desks in Peoria and Tazewell Counties as well as helping those with family law questions through Illinois Free Legal Answers. Her attention to detail, preparation and knowledge of pertinent case law ensure that her clients receive the answers and assistance they need, and she is a model for pro bono in the community.

Louis Milot (2022)
Kerrianne Waters (2021)
Michael Fleming (2020)
G. Edward Murphy (2019)
Abigail Fleming (2018)
Sumner Bourne (2017)
Jeffrey Krumpe (2016)
Spencer L. Daniels (2015)
Jeremy H. Heiple (2014)