Pro Bono Opportunity Guide

Order of Protection Litigation Project

Volunteer attorneys provide direct representation to victims of domestic violence who are seeking to obtain a plenary (2-year) order of protection at the west suburban Maybrook Courthouse. Clients are referred by Sarah’s Inn, a local domestic violence organization in the near-west suburbs of Cook County. This opportunity is a joint partnership between LAF (lafchicago.org) and Pro Bono Network (pro-bono-network.org).

Why work with Pro Bono Network?

Pro Bono Network works to expand the pool of pro bono attorneys by recruiting, training, placing, and supporting lawyers who want to be of service but have limitations on their availability or resources. While all are welcome, PBN works primarily with attorneys who are on career breaks, stay-at-home parents, have retired, or are solo practitioners.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Approximately 3-9 weeks with 1-2 court appearances

Training and support

Training is required, and ongoing support is offered by PBN Project Managers and Subject Matter Experts. Pro bono attorneys work in teams.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Oral advocacy, client counseling, negotiating, subject matter experience

Skills and resources required

None

Location

Maywood, IL

Order of Protection Litigation Project

Volunteer attorneys provide direct representation to victims of domestic violence who are seeking to obtain a plenary (2-year) order of protection at the west suburban Maybrook Courthouse. Clients are referred by Sarah’s Inn, a local domestic violence organization in the near-west suburbs of Cook County. This opportunity is a joint partnership between LAF (lafchicago.org) and Pro Bono Network (pro-bono-network.org).

Why work with Pro Bono Network?

Pro Bono Network works to expand the pool of pro bono attorneys by recruiting, training, placing, and supporting lawyers who want to be of service but have limitations on their availability or resources. While all are welcome, PBN works primarily with attorneys who are on career breaks, stay-at-home parents, have retired, or are solo practitioners.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Approximately 3-9 weeks with 1-2 court appearances

Training and support

Training is required, and ongoing support is offered by PBN Project Managers and Subject Matter Experts. Pro bono attorneys work in teams.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Oral advocacy, client counseling, negotiating, subject matter experience

Skills and resources required

None

Location

Maywood, IL