Lawyers Providing Lawyers with Access to Justice

access to justiceLast week, Holland & Knight launched a program that puts a new spin on the way we think of the access to justice gap in our nation.

The “Attorney Defense Initiative” will provide legal representation to attorneys facing disciplinary proceeding in the land of Lincoln, because it turns out that many lawyers in Illinois don’t have the necessary resources to hire defense counsel of their own when facing Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) proceedings.

This pro bono program will ensure that lawyers, no matter their financial state, will be guaranteed due process of law.

James J. Grogan, Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel of the ARDC, claims that he and all of the commissioners are on board for the start of this project and commend its mission.

There are many talented ARDC defense attorneys and they all perform some amount of pro bono service. However, there is a real need to provide consistently available quality legal representation for lawyers in financial need,” said Grogan. “This truly is a terrific idea.”

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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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