Public Interest Law Initiative

Awards & Recognition

While there is still a critical amount of unmet legal needs in Illinois, there is also a significant amount of pro bono work being done by individuals as well as law firms and corporations of all sizes throughout the state. PILI believes it is important to recognize those that ensure access to justice is a reality for the many and not just the few. In recognizing those who are contributing, we also share their stories and impact to hopefully inspire others to help. Below are PILI’s current recognition opportunities.

Pro Bono Recognition Roster

The Pro Bono Recognition Roster honors law firms and corporations that have made significant commitments and contributions to pro bono throughout the state of Illinois. These firms and corporations are helping ensure that individuals, families and communities in need receive legal services. The Recognition Roster is unveiled annually at the Annual Pro Bono Reception.

Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll

In 2020, PILI introduced its Pro Bono Volunteer Honor Roll. Those recognized through the Honor Roll have been chosen by PILI staff for their volunteer contributions through pro bono opportunities available through PILI’s Pro Bono Program. We are so grateful to these extraordinary volunteers whom we regularly rely on to help individuals, families and communities in need through our statewide pro bono opportunities. The Honor Roll is unveiled annually at the Annual Pro Bono Reception.

PILI Annual Awards

PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon features several awards to acknowledge those whose work epitomizes the ideals of service, fairness, and justice, including the Distinguished Service Award, the Pro Bono Initiative Award, and two PILI Alumni Awards. Award nominations open each year in the summer and awards are presented at PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon in December.

Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Awards

Several of PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees present awards at Pro Bono Week celebrations each year. Currently, such awards are presented in the Third, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Judicial Circuits and the nomination processes for each open in the summer.

Pro Bono Spotlights

PILI regularly spotlights the work of individuals and organizations providing life-changing pro bono work in our monthly e-newsletter and on our website.

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