Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
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About the Committee:
The Fourteenth 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 Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.
About the Circuit:
The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit is in the Third Appellate District and includes Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Whiteside Counties. The Honorable Walter D. Braud is the Chief Judge of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.
Chair: Julie Rosales, Deere & Company
Tionn Fambro Carter, Brooks Law Firm, P.C.
Suzanne Eagle, Deere & Company
Gretchen Farwell, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Honorable Michelle Fitzsimmons, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
Daniel F. Hardin, Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton and Noe, LLP
Jennifer L. Kincaid, Pepping, Balk, Kincaid & Olson, Ltd.
Sam Skorepa, Lane & Waterman LLP
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Pledge
The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Pledge recognizes 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 was officially announced on April 4, 2014 and was mailed to law firms and corporate legal departments in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in September 2014. The signatories to the Pledge will be recognized on an annual basis.
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The Committee was launched on February 28, 2012. In 2014 to 2015, the Committee partnered with Prairie State on a Volunteer Lawyer Courthouse Project, through which pro bono attorneys were trained to provide legal representation to tenants facing eviction, with volunteer attorneys working at the Rock Island County Courthouse providing legal advice and, if necessary, negotiating settlements. The Committee has also produced several CLE programs, held wills and Powers of Attorneys clinics, and Illinois Free Legal Answers clinics.
In the News:
- October 28, 2015: Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee to Hold Pro Bono Week Celebration
- April 20, 2015: Free Legal Clinic for Low-Income Clients on Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives
- October 28, 2014: Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Launches New Pro Bono Pledge