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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 Celebrate Pro Bono Reception in October. More details to come.

The nominations deadline is Friday, August 30th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jessica Schneider by email or at 312-832-5125.

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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:

Stacey McCullough (2023)

Stacey McCullough is an Attorney at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC focusing on criminal defense. She is the Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, a former President of the DuPage Bar Association, and a former President of the DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association as well as a member of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. Stacey’s experiences and involvement in the legal community have instilled in her the understanding that each case and client she takes on is unique and important. Stacey is often volunteering her time and legal expertise throughout DuPage County.  Most recently, for several years she has played a pivotal role with the DuPage County Expungement Clinic.  She has spent countless hours aiding hundreds of Expungement Clinic clients obtain records relief. In the last year, Stacey has taught volunteer CLE training sessions, spent countless hours reviewing charts and petitions and will follow through at the end of the year appearing at the expungement hearings over the course of several Fridays. Stacey’s devotion to this program not only assists self-represented litigants get the fresh start they need, and which the law says they are entitled to, she sets an example for her profession and the DuPage community as a whole.
Mia McPherson (2022)
Ted Donner (2021)
Patrick Edgerton (2020)
Ninette Gregory (2019)