Illinois judges recognize pro bono efforts
Downers Grove, IL
Last year, more than 2.8 million in Illinois would have qualified for low-income legal aid — nearly 1 in 4 in the state.
To recognize the millions of pro bono hours that lawyers chalked up to represent many of those individuals of limited means, the Illinois Judges Association is marking the week of Oct. 21 as Pro Bono Week.
“Our citizens have unmet legal needs, and we support the efforts of the judges and lawyers of this state who provide education, advice and representation to meet the increasing need,” judges association President Rita Novak said in a press release.
Last year, Illinois attorneys provided almost 2.3 million hours of pro bono service, either directly to people of limited means or to the organizations that serve them.
Additionally, more than 15,000 attorneys made donations to pro bono service organizations last year, totaling $15.4 million.
“The Illinois Judges Association is dedicated to encouraging pro bono service and congratulates and thanks these volunteers,” Novak said in the statement.
In the suburbs, legal aid is available through Cook and DuPage counties' bar associations, as well as Kane, McHenry and DeKalb counties. A search database is also available at www.illinoisprobono.org.