Dear Michael,

Happy Pro Bono Week! PILI has officially kicked off our celebration, which continues over the next week through November 9th with events across Illinois to Celebrate Pro Bono. Coordinated by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Pro Bono Week is intended to inspire even greater pro bono participation by lawyers throughout the nation. We hope you will join us in celebration! Learn more about what we are planning »

It is also less than two months until our 2023 Annual Awards Luncheon on December 6th. We are very thankful for our generous sponsors, including our Executive Level Sponsors: Chapman and Cutler, Deer & Company, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, McDermott Will & Emery, Sidley Austin LLP and Simmons Hanley Conroy. Tickets are on sale now and we hope to see you there!

We are also planning CLE programs and pro bono clinics in the coming months. Details are below and you can always find a list of upcoming events on our website. We hope to see you over the next month!


The Staff at PILI

Tickets Available Now for PILI's Annual Awards Luncheon!

PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon brings together the Illinois legal community every year to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession. This event is PILI’s largest annual fundraiser, providing critical support for our work across Illinois. At this event, we will also be presenting the recipients of PILI's Annual Awards.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Learn more about sponsoring the Annual Awards Luncheon here. You may also contact PILI's Executive Director Michael Bergmann by email or at 312-832-5129

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News & Updates

  • Applications for Spring Semester 2024 Law School Internships and Summer 2024 Graduate Fellows are now open. PILI will fund 10 Law Student Interns at nine public interest law organizations in the Spring Semester. Graduate Fellowships are also available at more than 60 organizations statewide. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all agencies have completed their hiring. Learn more here »

  • PILI Alumni & YPB Illinois Free Legal Answers Clinic. Celebrate Pro Bono Week with PILI's Alumni Network and Young Professionals Board by answering civil legal questions for those in need through this pro bono opportunity. Hosted by Sidley Austin on November 1st from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., the clinic will be followed by a networking reception. Attendees will also receive 0.5 hour MCLE credit pending approval. Register now »

  • Register Now for PILI's Illinois Forum on Pro Bono. Join us on November 8th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the CBA for PILI’s Illinois Forum on Pro Bono, which brings together pro bono stakeholders from corporations, law firms, law schools and public interest law agencies to discuss ideas and strategies to expand and enhance pro bono in Illinois. Attendees will receive 2.0 hours of Professional Responsibility MCLE credit and the event will include a network reception. The event is free but advance registration is required. Learn more and register »

  • PILI Receives Renewed Foundation Support. PILI has recently received renewed funding of $12,000 from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) and $55,000 from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF). We are incredibly grateful for this continued supports of our work! Read more »

  • Volunteers Needed! PILI is in need of volunteers for a variety of ongoing and upcoming pro bono opportunities across the state. Learn more » 
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Volunteer Spotlight

PILI is building and nurturing a Community of Service within the Illinois Legal Community. This month we want to highlight our pro bono award recipients who have dedicated their time and skills to expanding access to justice across Illinois. The following are being recognized for their pro bono service and leadership by some of PILI's Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees during our 2023 Pro Bono Week celebration:

Third Judicial Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder Pro Bono Champion Award:

Brianna Pierson

Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award:

MillerKing LLC

Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award:

Angel Wawrzynek

Sixth Judicial Circuit Community Legal Service Award:

Ellyn Bullock & Donna Davis

Tenth Judicial Circuit Joseph A. Dailing Pro Bono Service Award:

Tamara Meister

Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award:

Stacey McCullough

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