Pro Bono Opportunity Guide

Represent Survivors of Domestic Violence in Divorce and Other Family Matters (Northern Illinois)

Volunteer attorneys have the opportunity to help survivors of domestic violence make a final break from their abusers by representing them in proceedings for dissolution of marriage. Some of these cases are relatively simple, such as where the parties have no children in common. In other cases, the abusers continue their abuse of their partners by threatening they will never see the children again unless they cede custody to the abuser, refusing to share information about finances, and other behaviors which spill over into the court process. Having an attorney by his or her side is critical to enabling the survivor to navigate the court process and successfully break from the abuser without losing rights to the children and financial support. Prairie State Legal Services serves 36 counties across Northern Illinois and has offices in twelve cities: Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford, St. Charles, and Waukegan, and Wheaton.

Prairie State is the only general civil legal aid program for 36 counties in northern and central Illinois, including all 6 of the collar counties. Our staff and volunteers work through 11 offices to protect the rights of low-income, disabled and elderly clients, veterans and victims of violence.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Varies from 4 to 25+ hours per case

Training and support

In-person and web-based training available for pro bono attorneys with no subject matter experience.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Location

Rockford, IL

Represent Survivors of Domestic Violence in Divorce and Other Family Matters (Northern Illinois)

Volunteer attorneys have the opportunity to help survivors of domestic violence make a final break from their abusers by representing them in proceedings for dissolution of marriage. Some of these cases are relatively simple, such as where the parties have no children in common. In other cases, the abusers continue their abuse of their partners by threatening they will never see the children again unless they cede custody to the abuser, refusing to share information about finances, and other behaviors which spill over into the court process. Having an attorney by his or her side is critical to enabling the survivor to navigate the court process and successfully break from the abuser without losing rights to the children and financial support. Prairie State Legal Services serves 36 counties across Northern Illinois and has offices in twelve cities: Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford, St. Charles, and Waukegan, and Wheaton.

Prairie State is the only general civil legal aid program for 36 counties in northern and central Illinois, including all 6 of the collar counties. Our staff and volunteers work through 11 offices to protect the rights of low-income, disabled and elderly clients, veterans and victims of violence.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Varies from 4 to 25+ hours per case

Training and support

In-person and web-based training available for pro bono attorneys with no subject matter experience.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Location

Rockford, IL