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Welcome to PILI's Virtual Annual Pro Bono Reception!

PILI’s Annual Pro Bono Reception celebrates the inspiring and life-changing pro bono work being done in Illinois through effective pro bono programs, innovative partnerships, and the unwavering dedication of individual attorneys and legal professionals. This year, the Annual Pro Bono Reception will again be held virtually and we will be taking a Pro Bono Virtual Tour.

Our live premiere was at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 16th. You can now watch the event for free at any time. The run time is just under 30 minutes.

Help to fund this trip and all of the work we do to increase the quantity and quality of pro bono legal services across the state by making a donation!

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Joined by Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton

We are excited to announce that the first stop on the Annual Pro Bono Reception’s Virtual Pro Bono Tour will be in Springfield to visit Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton! Lieutenant Governor Stratton is a PILI Alum, having done a PILI Law Student Internship at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. She also leads the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative, including chairing the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) program, of which PILI is an inaugural grantee. We are excited to have her join us for this event!


Pro Bono Recognition Roster

The Pro Bono Recognition Roster honors law firms and corporations that have made significant commitments and contributions to pro bono throughout the state of Illinois to provide legal assistance to individuals, families and communities in need.  


Pro Bono Honor Roll

We will also celebrate those named to PILI’s Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll. Those recognized through our Honor Roll have been chosen by PILI staff for their volunteer contributions through the pro bono opportunities available through PILI’s Pro Bono Program. We are so grateful to these extraordinary volunteers whom we regularly rely on to help individuals, families and communities in need.


Do you have everything you need for the trip?

PILI staff and leadership put together a playlist of our favorite road trip songs. Listen while you wait for the event to start!

Don't forget the snacks! PILI staff share some of their favorite road trip snacks.

Michael G. Bergmann, Executive Director

Pringles & Gummy Bears

Sang Yup Lee, Development Manager

Dark Chocolate

Abigail Causer, Managing Attorney

Rice Krispie Treats

Brent Page, Senior Managing Attorney

Fountain Diet Coke

Sophia Vagnone, Administrative Assistant

Sour Patch Kids

Lauren Harper,

Communications & Events Manager

Trail Mix & Cinnamon Bears

Jessica Schneider, Managing Attorney

Raisinets and Cheez-its

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

PILI thanks the below law firms and corporations for generously sponsoring our 2021 Pro Bono Reception!

Justice Sponsors – $7,500

Magistrate Sponsors – $5,000

Counselor Sponsors – $2,500

Allstate Insurance Company
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Chapman and Cutler LLP
Dentons US LLP
Discover Financial Services
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Vedder Price P.C.
Winston & Strawn LLP

Advocate Sponsors – $1,000

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Barnes & Thornburg
Charles River Associates
Deere & Company
First American Bank
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
McDermott Will & Emery
McDonald's Corporation
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Thompson Coburn LLP