March was all about connecting with our PILI community! We began our anniversary celebrations with a 45th Anniversary Kickoff Reception and prepared for the upcoming in-person Arcade for Legal Aid fundraiser on April 6th. We also announced numerous virtual and in-person programs and talked to a few of our supporters about Women’s History Month. We are looking forward to connecting with PILI volunteers, Alumni and donors over the next few months while celebrating PILI’s 45 Years of Impact

Whether it’s through a financial contribution, pro bono service, or attending an upcoming event, we hope you join us in promoting equal access to justice in Illinois. We owe our momentum to the dedicated supporters and legal professionals that have Taken the Initiative to move PILI’s mission forward. We couldn’t do it without you!
  • Join us on April 6th! PILI's Arcade for Legal Aid sponsored by the Young Professional's Board is coming up in-person from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6th. Buy your tickets today!

  • Earlier this month, PILI officially began our 45th Anniversary with a Kickoff Reception, generously hosted by Baker McKenzie. See a picture from the evening covered by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin! In addition, read about PILI's 45 Years of Impact on our website.

  • Self-certification is now open for our 2022 Pro Bono Recognition Roster. The Pro Bono Recognition Roster honors law firms and corporations that have made significant commitments and contributions to pro bono throughout the state of Illinois and will be unveiled at the Annual Pro Bono Reception on June 15th. Join approximately 50 law firms and corporations that are included every year by filling out this certification form.

  • Nearly 200,000 civil legal questions have been submitted to the Free Legal Answers website since its launch in 2016 according to the ABA’s 2021 Summary Report. Illinois was a national leader for both questions asked and questions answered. Read the press release here.

  • PILI needs volunteers in the Third, Sixth & Tenth Judicial Circuits. We are spotlighting a few of these opportunities for which we are actively seeking pro bono volunteers at this time. Read more about them on our website.
Happy Women's History Month!

In March, PILI connected with three champions of PILI for their reflections on Women’s History Month. We are honored to spotlight Lee Ann Russo, Kyle Petersen and Davina DiPaolo.
This spotlight focuses on in intersection of women's history, the legal profession, and public interest law.

"I hope that one day, Women’s History Month will no longer serve to teach people about women’s accomplishments, but rather, serve as a reminder of these accomplishments." Davina said.

Expand Access to Justice by Volunteering with PILI
PILI has numerous volunteer opportunities for attorneys, retired attorneys and judges, and other legal professionals. We invite you to learn more about how to get involved with PILI's pro bono opportunities.

Interested? Find the right volunteer option for you on our website.