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Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee

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About the Committee:

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is a group, comprised of lawyers and judges, that strives to enhance equal access to justice by encouraging and promoting pro bono work in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

About the Circuit:

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit is in the Fourth Appellate District and includes Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford Counties. The Honorable Casey Costigan is the Chief Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Membership:

Chair:

Carrie Haas, Dunn Law Firm, LLP

Members:

Adrian Barr, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Jeff Crabill, State Farm Insurance Co.
Danielle DeWinter, The Immigration Project
Honorable Sarah Duffy, Associate Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Charles Eisner, State Farm Insurance Co.
Michael T. Fleshman, Woods & Bates, P.C.
Matthew S. Fuss, StateFarm Insurance Co.
Ryan Gammelgard, State Farm Insurance Co.
Maria Hagglund, State Farm Insurance Co.
Frank Hoffman, Law Office of Frank E. Hoffman
Stacy James, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Jenna Kearns, Illinois Bar Foundation
Maria Koss, State Farm Insurance Co.
Whitney Leifheit, Costigan & Wollrab, P.C.
William Mahrt, Mahrt Law Office
Donald R. McClarey, Strufe & McClarey
Mike McElvain, Law Office of Mike McElvain
Honorable Amy McFarland, Associate Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Shelley Pysell, State Farm Insurance Co.
Will Scanlon, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Mary Sellmyer, McLean County Bar Association
Sarah J. Woollen, Fellheimer Law Firm, Ltd.
Susan Zielke, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Inc.

Committee Activities:

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee held its first meeting on August 16, 2013 and includes representatives from each county in the Circuit. The Committee is working to identify the pro bono landscape across the circuit, the pro bono currently being done and the needs as seen by representatives on the Committee. Family law has been identified as an area of major need and a subcommittee has been established to look at how to increase pro bono in this area. An interesting attribute of this Circuit is that there are two Prairie State offices and two Land of Lincoln offices that service the counties in the circuit. Representatives from all of those offices serve on the Committee.

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