Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
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About the Committee:
The Third 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 Third Judicial Circuit.
About the Circuit:
The Third Judicial Circuit is in the Fifth Appellate District and includes Bond and Madison Counties. The Honorable Stephen A. Stobbs is the Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit.
Honorable Maureen Schuette, Circuit Court of Madison County
Honorable Amy Sholar, Circuit Court of Madison County
Pro Bono Coordinator:
Angela Wille, Madison County Law Library & Legal Self-Help Center
Honorable Chris Bauer, Circuit Court of Bond County
Adam Bragee, Bragee Law, LLC
Rebecca Buettner, Madison County State's Attorney Office
Tanja Cook, Cook Sedabres Law LLC
Marla Davis, Madison County Courthouse
Honorable Angela Donohoo, Third Judicial Circuit
Amy Garrett, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC
Missy Greathouse, Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc.
Amanda G. Highlander, Mitchell Highlander, LLC
Chelsea Hubbard, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Inc.
Deanna Litzenburg, Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd.
Honorable Amy Maher, Third Judicial Circuit
Honorable Martin J. Mengarelli, Circuit Court of Madison County
Tim Moore, Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Andrea Schrader, MillerKing LLC
Kristen Strieker, Strieker Law Firm
Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Pledge The Third 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 launched on September 9, 2014 with a letter that was sent to all law firms and corporate legal departments in the Third Judicial Circuit. The signatories to the Pledge are recognized annually at the Third Judicial Circuit's Celebrate Pro Bono Luncheon, held each year during Pro Bono Week.
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The Committee was launched in 2011 under the leadership of the Honorable Barbara Crowder who served as chair until her retirement in 2018. The Committee opened a Legal Advice Conference Center in the Madison County courthouse on October 27, 2011 to provide brief advice and information to self-represented litigants. In 2018, expanded its help desk to provide legal services at the Bond County courthouse as well.
The Committee offers several pro bono trainings, including a brown bag CLE lunch series which is provided on a monthly basis. This Committee also organizes an annual luncheon to mark Pro Bono Week in October, to give out local pro bono awards. The Third Judicial Circuit Committee’s Pro Bono Pledge was rolled out in September 2014.
In the News:
- October 2019: Illinois judges commend Madison County’s pro bono efforts
- September 2018: Updates from the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
- August 2018: Free Legal Services for Bond County Residents
- March 2018: Grant Aimed at Self-Represented Litigants
- April 2017: Madison County Lawyers Provide Help
- January 2017: Third Circuit Pro Bono Appointments and Legal Help Continues