Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many court help desks, legal clinics and legal aid offices are currently closed around the state. Over 60 lawyers have joined the Task Force and over 50 additional attorneys have signed up as new volunteers with Illinois Free Legal Answers.
And, our volunteers have answered 248 questions since the stay at home order was issued.
Preparing for our Summer Law Student Interns and Graduate Fellows
Summer is a busy time for PILI, and this year is no different. We expect to have 48 Law Student Interns and over 60 Graduate Fellows at our Participating Agencies this summer. But, it will be a summer like no other! We along with our Participating Agencies are bringing extra creativity, flexibility and patience to the summer as are our incoming Interns and Fellows. Starting with our Intern & Fellow Orientation, we will be offering our summer Educational Seminar Series virtually. Additional programming information will be available in next month’s newsletter.
Given the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are evaluating our options with regard to our Annual pro Bono Reception scheduled for Wednesday, June 17
. If it is not possible to gather in person, we will have a virtual celebration to acknowledge the great pro bono being done by the Illinois legal community, including the unveiling of our Annual Pro Bono Recognition Roster. In the meantime, check out our generous event sponsors to date whose support is critical to our work.
PILI Executive Director Michael G. Bergmann has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Coronavirus Task Force. In response to the growing legal needs of Americans arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the American Bar Association has created this nationwide task force of volunteer lawyers and judges from across the legal profession.
Thank you to Foundations for Renewed Funding!