Through its statewide network of pro bono volunteers, PILI is building and nurturing a Community of Service within the Illinois Legal Community. These volunteers are critical to PILI's ability to provide assistance to individuals, families and communities in need across Illinois through our menu of pro bono opportunities. We look forward to featuring one of our volunteers in our newsletter, The PILI Post.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Jeffrey Glickman is an Associate at Katten in the Chicago office, where he was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Illinois in 2023. As a CPA and former tax accountant, he possesses a great attention to detail and analytical skills that help his clients achieve their goals. He is also a dedicated Illinois Free Legal Answers pro bono volunteer. Having a regular practice dedicated to estate planning and trust administration makes Jeffrey uniquely qualified to answer estate questions for low-income Illinoisans on the platform. Since becoming a volunteer, Jeffrey has answered 19 questions on Illinois Free Legal Answers. Beyond the number of questions answered, Jeffrey has spent almost 80 hours assisting those clients. He often engages in numerous exchanges with clients through the platform, and his empathetic approach allows clients to trust him and feel comfortable sharing their stories. He keeps a connection with clients on the platform to ensure all their questions get answered.
One client of Jeffrey’s recently said, “We are all set. Thanks so much for volunteering your expertise!!” Jeffrey has also recently taken on a client case from Illinois Free Legal Answers and will continue to help her pro bono with her trust and estate issue. While this is never expected of a volunteer on the platform, it demonstrates Jeffrey’s commitment to pro bono work and helping those who don’t have other access to legal help. In addition to volunteering himself, Jeffrey has encouraged a number of his colleagues to get involved as well, which is a great way to recruit more pro bono volunteers. Jeffrey added, “It has really been my pleasure to help on Illinois Free Legal Answers.”
Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC
Stacey is a member of PILI's Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and one of the organizers and lead volunteers behind the DuPage County Expungement Clinic. Stacey is an attorney at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC and for over 25 years she has successfully defended those faced with various criminal charges in Chicago and the surrounding counties. Stacey shows a true commitment to her clients and is also dedicated to using her abilities to increase access to justice as demonstrated through her pro bono work. For the last several years, the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee has partnered with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of DuPage County, Prairie State Legal Services, the DuPage County Bar Association, and DuPage Legal Aid on an Expungement Clinic that provides free legal assistance to individuals seeking to clear their criminal record. The Clinic serves 100 or more clients in one day. Stacey serves on the organizing committee and dedicates numerous hours to planning the clinic and recruiting other volunteer attorneys. She also serves as a substantive legal expert and trains other attorneys so they can be prepared to volunteer at the Clinic.
After the clinic takes place, Stacey represents many of the clients in hearings to ensure they obtain relief. Stacey also serves as a pro bono resource to PILI in consulting on expungement and sealing cases and representing clients outside of the clinic. Her expertise on the local court procedures is a valuable asset and she is always happy to answer a question and be a resource to younger attorneys. Stacey also volunteers with PILI on Illinois Free Legal Answers, frequently answering questions about expungements and sealing.