Public Interest Law Initiative

Pro Bono Spotlights

Seven Volunteers Named to PILI's Inaugural Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll

Seven volunteers were named to PILI's inaugural Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll, announced and recognized on Thursday, June 18, 2020 during PILI’s virtual Annual Pro Bono Reception. More »

Volunteer Spotlight: Jencie Richtman

It’s been a very easy going experience volunteering for PILI. And the clients need help, so to me, volunteering for this organization is a no-brainer. More »

Volunteer Spotlight: Abigail Fleming

If every lawyer in our community took on a small volunteer opportunity here or there during the year, we would see a much more efficient legal system. More »

Volunteer Spotlight: Judge Michael Brandt (Ret.)

Doing pro bono work gives back, gives thanks, and does good. More »

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Kincaid

It was such an easy way to provide pro bono assistance to individuals on my own time. You could do as many or as few questions as you wanted, as often as you wanted, on topics that were of interest, or that aligned with my current practice areas. More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Time's Up Legal Defense Fund

"This is a great opportunity to provide a voice for these people and to do what we are all trained to do as lawyers – to represent the rights of someone who needs assistance in a very real and tangible way.” More »

2017 Pro Bono Initiative Award: McDermott Will & Emery LLP

“Pro bono at McDermott represents to me a wide array of opportunities for incredible personal and professional growth and satisfaction. I have been extremely gratified and nourished by McDermott’s exemplary commitment to pro bono.” More »

2017 Distinguished Public Service Award: Bernard H. Shapiro

“Bernie’s accomplishments and leadership are remarkable. He is the soul of our organization and a role model for not only our staff, but for all legal aid staff.” More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Legal Advice Fair

“The connection, provided by this program, between the legal community and the members of the community in need benefits all of us." More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Simmons Hanly Conroy

“Simmons’ efforts are important in ensuring that Madison County residents’ legal needs are met and everyone has a chance to achieve justice." More »

PILI Pro Bono Spotlight: VetLex Project by Jones Day

“We want to link the attorneys who want to help with the veterans who need the help. It’s an ambitious project, but it’s an issue everyone can rally behind." More »

2016 Pro Bono Initiative Award: Pro Bono Network

"PBN has carved a niche for itself in expanding pro bono services through its ability to connect talented, service-minded attorneys with limited availability, with substantive volunteer opportunities they may not have otherwise discovered." More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Public Interest Center

“I’m excited about the impact we might be able to have in Chicago, around the country and around the world.” More »

PILI Pro Bono Spotlight: Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO)

“The new is designed to deliver an excellent user experience regardless of device, and comprehensive and accessible legal information, lawyer referrals and opportunities for learning about Illinois civil law." More »

PILI Pro Bono Spotlight: Kirkland & Ellis Adoption Project

“There is a lot of administrative paperwork that creates barriers for people who aren’t lawyers and it’s intimidating to go to court without a lawyer. The least we can do is to help make the process easier.” More »

PILI Pro Bono Spotlight: The John Marshall Law School Community Legal Clinics

“Clinics give incredibly valuable experience to law students, and at the same time serve a need in the community.” More »

PILI Pro Bono Spotlight: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

“Overall, the hallmark of our pro bono program is innovation. We really try to think creatively about ways to remove barriers to access to justice.” More »

2015 Pro Bono Initiative Award: United Airlines

“The needs and rewards from giving back to the community and helping those in need are so great that everyone should be given the opportunity and resources to make it a priority.” More »

2015 Distinguished Public Service Award: Chief Justice Rita B. Garman

"She has opened doors for other women lawyers, encouraged judges to improve their skills, and led efforts to make the justice system in our state more fair. " More »

PILI Pro Bono Spotlight: Allstate Insurance Company

“Our attorneys just feel a great sense of pride from their pro bono work." More »

PILI Pro Bono Spotlight: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

"Over the years, I have been impressed by the positive results that Katten attorneys have been able to realize on behalf of clients who might not otherwise have access to legal representation.” More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C.

“We believe that it is important to be a part of the community where you live and work, and to respect our neighbors, regardless of their income level." More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Sidley Austin LLP

"Through firm-wide pro bono projects we proudly provide service to members of our communities who are in need... We are committed to pro bono service and believe it is the hallmark of a great firm.” More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Illinois Homeless Youth Handbook

“Baker is proud to combine the considerable talents of the in-house legal department of United Airlines, the expert team at the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the a Homeless and our own committed lawyers. The result is a new resource for Chicago youth to help them move from instability to success with legal insight and answers.” More »

2014 Pro Bono Initiative Award: Dentons US LLP

Dentons has a long and proud tradition of serving the community. With approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations in over 50 countries across the globe, Dentons serves the public interest through pro bono legal services, partnerships with nonprofit organizations, community volunteerism, environmental sustainability projects and diversity and inclusion initiatives. More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Pro Bono Week in Illinois

PILI’s Pro Bono Committees in Illinois' Third, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits celebrated National Pro Bono Week, October 19-25, 2014, with special events across the state. More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Southern Illinois University School of Law

Beginning this fall, students at the Southern Illinois University School of Law will be required to complete 35 hours of pro bono work prior to graduation. This requirement is the first of its kind for a law school in Illinois. More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Prairie State Legal Services

"Legal aid handles cases that affect basic human needs. A pro bono attorney can save a family’s home in the matter of a few hours, or keep someone safe from an abuser. Even working on one case in a year has a measureable impact on a person’s life.” More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: United Airlines

“Apart from an attorney’s ethical obligation that comes with the license to practice law, the needs and rewards from giving back to the community and helping those in need are so great that everyone should be given the opportunity and resources to make it a priority.” More »

2013 Pro Bono Initiative Award: DLA Piper

The recipient of PILI's 2013 Pro Bono Initiative Award is DLA Piper (US) LLP. As one of the largest law firms in the world, DLA Piper develops, manages and delivers quality pro bono legal services in immense size, scale and scope. More »

Pro Bono Spotlight: Hinshaw & Culbertson

Hinshaw & Culbertson, a Chicago-based firm with more than 500 attorneys in 23 offices across the United States, is on the PILI Pro Bono Recognition Roster, and is the 2013 recipient of the Chicago Legal Clinic’s Charles J. O’Laughlin Memorial Award. More »

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice

The purpose of the Commission is as far-reaching as it is urgent: “to promote, facilitate, and enhance equal access to justice with an emphasis on access to the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies for all people, particularly the poor and vulnerable.” More »

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