We have been so impressed at how the legal community has stepped up during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Seeing the power of the PILI network – our Interns, Fellows, volunteers and supporters – coming together to help those in need has kept us inspired and anchored over this last year. When Illinois shutdown, we made sure the gateway to justice remained open. We should all be proud of what we have accomplished in the past year, but our work is far from over.

While we are all excited to get back to life after the pandemic, we cannot forget our vulnerable neighbors. Many of the protections shielding them during this difficult time are expiring; the eviction moratorium is being rolled back and debt payments will soon come due. Civil legal aid helps to ease these burdens in our communities. Pro bono attorneys can work to keep families housed and help clients access the resources available to them. Through pro bono work, we can help right some of the wrongs faced by the poor and underrepresented in our state and undo some of the injustices in our society.

Donate now to help ensure equal access to justice during this important time.
Coming together, working together, we are opening the gateway to justice ever wider, and we cannot do it without you by our side.


  • Call for Nominations! Nominations are open for PILI's awards to recognize attorneys and legal programs making outstanding contributions in pro bono and public interest law across the state of Illinois. Learn more and make nominations.

  • Calling all PILI Alumni & friends! Join us for an in-person event to welcome the 2020-2021 PILI Interns and Fellows to the Alumni Network and to celebrate their contributions in advancing equal access to justice over the last year. Learn more and buy tickets for this event on August 12th.

  • Volunteers are needed for our Legal Help Within Reach clinic through the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria. Volunteers from the Peoria-area are needed to help with this Wills & Powers of Attorney clinic on August 25th.

  • Save the Date! PILI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on September 22nd. Planning is underway to determine the agenda and the format for this program, but you can save your spot now.

  • The DuPage Expungement Clinic will provide free legal assistance to individuals seeking to clear their criminal record. PILI is pleased to partner with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of DuPage County, Prairie State Legal Services, the DuPage County Bar Association, and DuPage Legal Aid on this event. The generous support provided through the Illinois Access to Justice grant program makes PILI and Prairie State’s participation possible. Learn how to help out on October 2nd.
Thank You to Our Volunteers!
Over the last few weeks, we've hosted several virtual pro bono clinics and are so grateful to those who have volunteered!
  • Jackson Lewis adopted the June Virtual Legal Prep Community Law Clinic, helping four clients with their civil legal issues.
  • The following hosted virtual Illinois Free Legal Answers clinics:
  • Tenth & Eleventh Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees
  • Zurich North America
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Thank you to these and all our amazing volunteers!
In Illinois, PILI is the gateway through which the legal community serves. PILI converts gifts of time and money into system-wide positive impact—together, we not only directly serve those who need legal help, but also engage, inspire and empower those advancing equal access to justice.