- John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award
The award is named in memory of Rock Island attorney John McAndrews, who chaired the ISBA Committee on Delivery of Legal Services and is awarded to individual lawyers, law firms and corporate law departments, and bar associations. Nominations must be received by March 15, 2013.
- The Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award
This award is named in memory of legal services attorney Joseph R. Bartylak to annually honor his extraordinary commitment and dedication to civil legal services and his outstanding service to Illinois’ vulnerable and low-income population. Nominations are due January 18, 2013
Find the Pro Bono Program that is Right for You
- Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation - acts as a general practice law firm for the poor with the help of volunteer attorneys.
- Illinois Pro Bono.org - a statewide website that provides training and practice support for volunteer attorneys, as well as a search tool for finding specific pro bono opportunities. Special home pages have been created for certain types of volunteers:
- Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation - a legal service provider focusing on civil legal services for low-income individuals and senior citizens. Serves 65 counties in central southern Illinois.
- LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation) - a legal service provider focusing on civil legal service for low-income individuals and senior citizens in Chicago and Suburban Cook County.
- Prairie State Legal Services - a legal service provider focusing on civil legal services for low-income individuals and senior citizens. Serves 38 counties in central and northern Illinois.
- Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - an agency which works to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law among law students and lawyers by working with:
Learn about the Illinois Supreme Court Rules on Pro Bono
How much Illinois Attorneys Contribute to Pro Bono Legal Services Already
In 2011 "[T]here were slight increases in the number of lawyers providing pro bono legal services as well as the number of lawyers making monetary contributions. 30,203 attorneys indicated that they had provided pro bono legal services, as defined by Rule 756, or 34.3% of Illinois lawyers, a 0.5% increase over the 33.8% figure in 2010. Although there was a 3.2% decrease in the number of pro bono legal service hours reported, four out of the past five years saw steady increases in the number of pro bono services hours as well as the number of lawyers engaging in pro bono service. The number of lawyers making monetary contributions increased from 17.3% of Illinois lawyers in 2010 to 17.4% of lawyers in 2011. The total amount contributed in 2011, increased by 1% over 2010. Illinois lawyers also paid $2,758,192 as part of their required registration fee for Lawyers Trust Fund grants for civil legal aid programs. "Source: ARDC 2011 Annual Report.
Learn more about the Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services
National Pro Bono Week
The 2012 National Pro Bono Celebration Week is October 21-27.
In an effort to promote and expand awareness of this need for increased pro bono efforts, please consider some of the activities suggested by the ISBA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Service, including writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper highlighting the good works of local lawyers, asking that a proclamation be adopted in your community, or other activities to promote this event and recognize the efforts of current pro bono volunteers. Below is a sample letter and a proclamation you can download and use.
Just for Fun
Legal Trivia for National Pro Bono Week
Spotlight on Pro Bono
Informative and uplifting articles on pro bono opportunities and experiences
- Lawyers Helping People in Need, by Ramona M. Sullivan, February 2013
- What's in a Name, by Michael G. Bergmann, January 2013
- Collaborative Law – A New Take on the Delivery of Legal Services, by Sandra Crawford, December 2012
- Profiles in Pro Bono Excellence: Where are they now, by Mara Block, November 2012
- Lawyers Feeding Illinois, by Ramona M. Sullivan, October 2012
- Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission Begins Work to Improve Access to Justice in Illinois, by Joseph A. Dailing, September 2012
- For the Public Good: A Program to Get High School Students Involved in the Legal System, by Hon. Barbara Crowder, August 2012
- Call for Nominations for the Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award, by Deborah Glaser Chagal, December 2011
- Pro Bono Proud: Celebrate National Pro Bono Week, by Hon. Barbara Crowder, October 2011
- Joseph R. Bartylak Awards, by Lois Wood, August 2011
- Lawyers Find Personal Satisfaction by Helping with Pro Bono Matters, by Michael T. O'Connor, June 2011
Forming Partnerships and Improving Lives, by Ramona Sullivan, April 2011
When Disaster Strikes, Illinois Residents Will Be Ready, by Julie K. Katz, January 2011
Lawyers Throughout Illinois Are Making Plans to Celebrate National Pro Bono Week, by Ramona Sullivan, September 2010
NLADA tribute to Joe Bartylak, August 2010
PILI and ILAO Launch Pro Bono Case Pairing and Mentor Matching System by Michael G. Bergmann, July 2010
Looking for a Pro Bono Mentor? Seeking Help with a Pro Bono Case? by Lisa Colpoys, June 2010
- Immigration and Pro Bono, by Deborah Glaser Chagal, May 2010
- National Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month, by Ramona M. Sullivan, February 2010
- Volunteering with Legal Aid Can Be a Mutually Beneficial Experience, by Ramona M. Sullivan, November 2009
- Pro Bono in Principle and Practice, by Mike Fiello, October 2009
- Website Offers Resources for Specific Types of Pro Bono Attorneys, by Lisa Colpoys, September 2009
- More Pro Bono Lawyers Needed than Ever Before, by Michael G. Bergmann, Bar News June 2009
- Hotline Speed Pro Bono Aid to the Poor, by Richard D. Chase, Bar News, May 2009
- Senior Lawyers Can Stay Active in Pro Bono Service, by Edward J. Cunningham, Bar News, April 2009
- Loan Forgiveness Would Encourage Public Service Careers, by E. Nicole Carrion, Bar News,March 2009
- Veterans Deserve Legal Assists, by Peter C. Alexander, Bar News, February 2009