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Section Newsletter Articles on Pro Bono Work

A tale of two communities: Bringing pro bono collaborative law to Illinois National Guard veterans By Sandra Crawford Alternative Dispute Resolution, January 2016 The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the Health & Disability Advocates of Warrior to Warrior have rolled out a pro bono program to bring the Collaborative Practice model of divorce dispute resolution to Illinois Army National Guard Veterans and their families.
The need for pro bono & how you can help By Michael G. Bergmann and Karen Munoz Elder Law, December 2015 In 2003, low-income Illinoisans attempted to resolve approximately 875,000 legal problems on their own. Given the challenging economic times and the significant cuts in federal and state funding to legal aid since 2003, there is little doubt that these problems have been exacerbated rather than reduced.
The need for pro bono & how you can help By Michael G. Bergmann and Karen Munoz Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, December 2015 In 2003, low-income Illinoisans attempted to resolve approximately 875,000 legal problems on their own. Given the challenging economic times and the significant cuts in federal and state funding to legal aid since 2003, there is little doubt that these problems have been exacerbated rather than reduced.
The need for pro bono and how you can help By Michael G. Bergmann and Karen Munoz Child Law, December 2015 In 2003, low-income Illinoisans attempted to resolve approximately 875,000 legal problems on their own. Given the challenging economic times and the significant cuts in federal and state funding to legal aid since 2003, there is little doubt that these problems have been exacerbated rather than reduced.
A tale of two communities: Bringing pro bono collaborative law to Illinois National Guard veterans By Sandra Crawford Family Law, December 2015 The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the Health & Disability Advocates of Warrior to Warrior have rolled out a pro bono program to bring the Collaborative Practice model of divorce dispute resolution to Illinois Army National Guard Veterans and their families.
The need for pro bono & how you can help By Michael G. Bergmann and Karen Munoz Real Estate Law, November 2015 In 2003, low-income Illinoisans attempted to resolve approximately 875,000 legal problems on their own. Given the challenging economic times and the significant cuts in federal and state funding to legal aid since 2003, there is little doubt that these problems have been exacerbated rather than reduced.
A tale of two communities: Bringing pro bono collaborative law to Illinois National Guard veterans By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, November 2015 The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the Health & Disability Advocates of Warrior to Warrior have rolled out a pro bono program to bring the Collaborative Practice model of divorce dispute resolution to Illinois Army National Guard Veterans and their families.
Why do pro bono work? By James A. Clark and Edward Casmere Bench and Bar, September 2015 A look at some of the reasons to provide pro bono work.
Pro bono made easy: Stay-at-home lawyers provide free legal assistance to those in need By Cheryl Lipton Women and the Law, July 2014 The Pro Bono Network has developed a winning model that provides fully-committed legal representation and services to those in need of help.
Family law in legal aid By Sally K. Kolb Family Law, February 2014 Learn more about the pro bono opportunities available with the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
Apply for a public administrator or public guardian appointment By Tracy Douglas Trusts and Estates, June 2013 Public administrators and public guardians serve an important role in Illinois by helping with estate administration and protecting the interests of disabled adults.
Apply for a public administrator or public guardian appointment By Tracy Douglas Women and the Law, May 2013 Public administrators and public guardians serve an important role in Illinois by helping with estate administration and protecting the interests of disabled adults.
Pro bono spotlight Federal Taxation, March 2013 Pro bono opportunities for tax attorneys.
Everyday pro bono By Timothy J. Storm Administrative Law, February 2013 So much of what a great many solo and small firm practitioners do every day may be rightly described as pro bono publico—for the public good—in the fullest and truest sense.
Editor’s column: Are we missing opportunities? By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2013 As we start the new year it is a good time to take a fresh look at how we screen our cases and what we do when we hear “I need your help but I have no money.”
Everyday pro bono By Timothy J. Storm General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2013 So much of what a great many solo and small firm practitioners do every day may be rightly described as pro bono publico—for the public good—in the fullest and truest sense.
Pro bono spotlight Federal Taxation, September 2012 Learn more about David Marzahl, President and CEO of the Center for Economic Progress, who works to make a difference in the lives of low-income taxpayers.  
Lending legal pro bono skills to a not-for-profit—Another way to make charitable contributions By Jennifer Sellers Wong Young Lawyers Division, June 2012 Assist a not-for-profit corporation obtain a 501(c)(3) status and help a charitable organization while earning pro bono legal hours for yourself. 
Pro bono attorneys needed International and Immigration Law, February 2010 The National Immigrant Justice Center periodically publishes a list of cases for which pro bono attorneys are needed to represent asylum seekers and other immigrants in need of protection.
Pro bono: Now more than ever! By Michael G. Bergmann Young Lawyers Division, December 2009 Bailouts, stimulus packages and an unsteady stock market are all common themes of these difficult economic times. You can’t watch the news anymore without hearing about some aspect of the recent economic downturn. Even the legal profession has been hit hard by this recession. For many, however, this year is no different than years past. For others, they face economic and legal challenges that are both unfamiliar and daunting.
Making pro bono your own By Jasmine V. Hernandez Bench and Bar, October 2009 Practitioners throughout Illinois must file their annual registration forms with the Supreme Court of Illinois’ Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (hereinafter “ARDC”) on the first of January every year. To stay on the master roll of attorneys and comply with Rule 756(f), we must report whether we provided pro bono legal services or made monetary contributions to organizations that provide pro bono legal services in the previous year.
Pro bono = Career development: Four reasons why pro bono can help your career and resources for doing pro bono By Michael G. Bergmann Young Lawyers Division, December 2008 Can pro bono work translate into assisting with your career development? Absolutely!
Pro bono attorneys needed International and Immigration Law, December 2008 The National Immigrant Justice Center periodically publishes a list of cases for which pro bono attorneys are needed to represent asylum seekers and other immigrants in need of protection.
Editors Column: Pro bono for lawyers with limited time—There are many ways to serve By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2008 Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court adopted a change to Supreme Court Rule 756 (j) that allows inactive and retired lawyers to represent pro bono clients without being required to pay the active lawyer registration fee or comply with mandatory CLE requirements.
Attorneys interested in pro bono cases International and Immigration Law, July 2008 For the past two years Jefferson Mok has served as the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Pro Bono Project Coordinator.
Pro bono cases International and Immigration Law, June 2008 The National Immigrant Justice Center periodically publishes a list of cases for which pro bono attorneys are needed to represent asylum seekers and other immigrants in need of protection.
Editor’s Column: Illinois Supreme Court allows retired lawyer to do pro bono work during retirement without requiring annual registration fee By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, May 2008 On March 27,2008 the Illinois Supreme Court adopted a rule change that beginning July 1, 2008 will allow retired and inactive lawyers to do pro bono work in recognized non-profit programs providing legal services.
Help eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in Illinois, and earn pro bono credit to boot By Jim McGrath Corporate Law Departments, January 2008 Most everyone knows about the good work done by Habitat for Humanity, but you may not know that the habitat organizations in Illinois have a need for many legal services, and many of these would be very comfortable for inside corporate attorneys to help with.
Doing well by doing good (or, just in case you needed more reasons to do pro bono) By Howard W. Anderson, III Young Lawyers Division, October 2007 An acute shortage of legal aid attorneys throughout Illinois (and the rest of the country) means that all too many individuals must navigate the legal system alone.
Pro Bono Attorneys Needed International and Immigration Law, September 2007 The National Immigrant Justice Center is recruiting pro bono representation in asylum cases.