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The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award will be presented to one or more lawyers practicing in the Eighteenth 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.

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 Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and announced in late September. They will be recognized at the Spirit of Pro Bono Breakfast on October 25th.

Nominations are due by Tuesday, September 7th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jessica Schneider by email or at 312-832-5125.

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS:

Patrick Edgerton (2020)

Patrick is an invaluable member of the DuPage County Bar Association’s Ask-A-Lawyer program, volunteering every single month for 4 hours or more and sometimes bringing his father to help too. Pat is one of the strong pillars of the program, which provides a stable foundation to offer not only legal aid to the poor but also to offer hope. Patrick is a partner at Edgerton & Edgerton in West Chicago.

Ninette Gregory (2019)

*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.”