“There are different ways to measure success. We always think of financial measures, but fulfillment is important too. Doing pro bono work is what helps me feel fulfilled as a lawyer.”
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.
PILI has launched a new Pro Bono Pledge for law firms and corporations across the state to honor and encourage their commitment to pro bono. The Pro Bono Pledge is being launched in individual judicial circuits in Illinois.
“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.”
“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.”
At the Federal Government Pro Bono Fair on December 6, PILI was recognized for our efforts in advancing the Chicago Federal Government Pro Bono Program.
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.
PILI is co-sponsoring and participating in several events across the city, state, and even the country during National Pro Bono Week. We hope to see you at one or more of these events!
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.”