Pro Bono Opportunity Guide

Conflict of Interest Pro Bono Referral Panel (Tenth Judicial Circuit)

Through this program, volunteer attorneys agree to accept pro bono referrals for clients in the Tenth Circuit whose cases have been declined by Prairie State Legal Services’ Peoria office due to a conflict of interest. This program currently serves potential clients who reside or have a legal issue in Marshall, Peoria, Stark and Tazewell Counties. Volunteer opportunities range from brief legal advice to limited scope representation to full legal representation in cases in a broad range of areas of civil law, including family, guardianships, estates and estate planning, landlord-tenant matters, collections cases, and other matters. Only civil legal matters that are not fee generating are eligible for possible placement through this program, and potential clients must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) is a statewide organization that connects law students and lawyers with those in need of free legal services. Through its Pro Bono Program, PILI works to increase the availability of pro bono legal help for those who cannot afford an attorney in Illinois by developing innovative pro bono opportunities, offering pro bono programming and resources, cultivating best practices, and celebrating the life-changing pro bono performed throughout the state.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Varies depending on the case type and scope of representation

Training and support

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Skills and resources required

Experience sufficient to be competent in the relevant area of law, or the ability to become competent by associating with another member of the volunteer’s firm.

Location

Peoria, IL

Conflict of Interest Pro Bono Referral Panel (Tenth Judicial Circuit)

Through this program, volunteer attorneys agree to accept pro bono referrals for clients in the Tenth Circuit whose cases have been declined by Prairie State Legal Services’ Peoria office due to a conflict of interest. This program currently serves potential clients who reside or have a legal issue in Marshall, Peoria, Stark and Tazewell Counties. Volunteer opportunities range from brief legal advice to limited scope representation to full legal representation in cases in a broad range of areas of civil law, including family, guardianships, estates and estate planning, landlord-tenant matters, collections cases, and other matters. Only civil legal matters that are not fee generating are eligible for possible placement through this program, and potential clients must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) is a statewide organization that connects law students and lawyers with those in need of free legal services. Through its Pro Bono Program, PILI works to increase the availability of pro bono legal help for those who cannot afford an attorney in Illinois by developing innovative pro bono opportunities, offering pro bono programming and resources, cultivating best practices, and celebrating the life-changing pro bono performed throughout the state.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Varies depending on the case type and scope of representation

Training and support

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Skills and resources required

Experience sufficient to be competent in the relevant area of law, or the ability to become competent by associating with another member of the volunteer’s firm.

Location

Peoria, IL