2017 Pro Bono Week Opportunities in Illinois

pro bono week 2017Pro bono service is a core element of the legal profession, one that attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals revere. To reinforce that tie to service, the profession hosts annual Pro Bono Week programming for lawyers and the public to attend. 

For Illinois lawyers, the last week of October will house the 2017 Pro Bono Week celebrations and activities. Volunteer opportunities, CLE programs, and more fill up our calendars. In fact, each year, the number of opportunities to give back is typically jam-packed with programming. So much so, that many lawyers don’t know where to begin. The 2017 Pro Bono Week lineup is no different. 

Therefore, the Commission compiled a list of upcoming opportunities and events for Illinois lawyers to explore. So, take a look to see if any of these Pro Bono Week events pique your interest: 

2017 Pro Bono Week Opportunities

Saturday, October 21st  

Monday, October 23rd 

Tuesday, October 24th 

Wednesday, October 25th 

  • CCLA Child Support Clinic – Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Department
    • All Day
    • Catholic Charities | 721 N. LaSalle Street | Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 26th 

Friday, October 27th 

Thursday, November 2nd  

In addition to these events, attorneys can always volunteer with any of Illinois’s legal aid and service organizations. For example, Prairie State Legal ServicesLand of Lincoln Legal Assistance FoundationChicago Volunteer Legal ServicesLegal Assistance Foundation (LAF), and Illinois Legal Aid Online are always in need of lawyers willing and able to volunteer their time and skill sets. 

Serve Others by Serving the Profession

Can’t make any of these upcoming programs? One of the best ways for lawyers to give back is to become a mentor. Participants in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program provide professional guidance by building confidence in new attorneys entering the profession. Now is a great time to consider participation as the Bar Admission Ceremonies are drawing near. 

As Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke told last year’s new admittees: 

It is my belief that a legal degree is two things – it is an obligation to help others and a medium by which that assistance can be bestowed.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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