Happy Valentine's Day!  We wouldn't want to miss this chance to express our love for the PILI community across Illinois that helps us increase access to justice for people in need!

In this month's newsletter, we spotlight our 2018 Alumni Board Representatives as well as welcome a newly elected board member. We announce several upcoming events in Decatur, DuPage and the Quad Cities. Also, don't miss our upcoming  Pro Bono Roundtables and the YPB's Arcade for Legal Aid event on April 3rd.

As always, we hope you stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


Buy Your Tickets for Arcade for Legal Aid on April 3rd Join our Young Professionals Board for a fun evening of networking and games at Hi-Point Game Lounge from 5:30 to 7:30. Read more.

Apply for 2019 Internships & Fellowships Applications are now open for Summer 2019 Law Student Internships and Graduate Fellowships. Read more.
Register for Upcoming Pro Bono Roundtables
Each year, PILI holds several Pro Bono Roundtables to bring together pro bono leaders from law firms, corporations, legal service agencies and law schools.

We'll be hosting the Legal Service Agency Roundtable on March 13th.   Register now.

We'll be hosting the Corporate Pro Bono Roundtable on April 24th.   Register now.
Join Us at the Macon County Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk Launch on March 4th
The Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is hosting an open house to celebrate the launch of the new Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk. Join us for free lunch and to learn more about this new pro bono opportunity! Read more.
Announcing the First Legal Help Within Reach Clinic on April 8th
For the first Legal Help Within Reach clinic, attorneys from the Quad Cities area will travel to Sterling, Illinois to provide basic estate planning services to low-income seniors. Read more.
Volunteer for the DuPage Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic
Lawyers will be trained on how to answer legal questions posted on Illinois Legal Aid Online's Legal Answers website. They will then work to research and draft responses. Read more.
Encouraging Pro Bono Throughout the Firm: Highlights from the 2019 Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable
On February 13th, representatives from Illinois law firms met to discussed ways to encourage pro bono volunteerism throughout their firms. Topics included harnessing momentum for pro bono, onboarding for pro bono, making the case for pro bono to partners, and exploring innovative pro bono models. Read more.
Chapman and Cutler Adopts February Legal Prep Community Law Clinic
Thank you to the attorneys from Chapman and Cutler who volunteered at the Legal Prep Community Law Clinic in February! They assisted two clients with legal issues such as adult guardianship and adoption. Read more.
Mark P. Rotatori Elected to Board Of Directors
"As a director on the PILI board, I hope to be able to make a difference in the lives of those in need by making access to legal services a priority."

AlumniRepsSpotlight on 2018 Board Alumni Representatives
Each year, PILI selects one Intern and one Fellow to serve a 2-year term on PILI's Board of Directors.  

Pilar Mendez  is a second-year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She was an Intern at the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois.

Irene Hickey Sullivan  is a first-year associate at Kirkland & Ellis. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and completed her PILI Graduate Fellowship at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services last summer.
Read more about Irene.
Around the Web
In 2017, low-income, rural residents received inadequate or no professional help for 86 percent of their civil legal problems. This article discusses some strategies to help increase legal services in rural areas.  Read more.

If you want to live a long and happy life-and of course you do-there's a growing body of evidence that volunteering can improve your physical and mental health and even increase longevity.   Read more.

Job Postings 
PILI often is asked to pass along job postings looking for candidates with a commitment to service that might be of interest to our former Interns and Fellows. These opportunities might be in the public or private sectors. We will post opportunities on our website as we receive them.  View them here.