From modest beginnings a decade ago, PBN resolved to make a significant, positive impact in the lives of clients by leveraging and supporting the meaningful engagement of attorney volunteers. The hummingbird is a symbol of hope we have invoked over the years in honor of our mission to expand access to legal aid, and in celebration of our volunteers’ contributions.


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PBN is the link of attorney volunteers
To the client and legal aid community

More than 86 percent of the civil legal needs of low-income Americans go unmet every year. The legal aid community cannot meet the large and increasing demand for its services. And yet many attorneys want to provide pro bono legal services, but they lack a workable model to do so.


PBN provides the link between the client and legal aid community needs and the attorneys who want to help. We remove the barriers and provide the support structure to make it easier for volunteer attorneys to help low-income people receive critical legal services. In particular, we work with attorneys who are taking time off to care for children or elderly family members, have retired, or who work in legal settings unable to provide the support they need. In this way, PBN’s model brings access to justice to more people, and access to service to more attorneys.

Over the past ten years, PBN has recruited and supported 400 volunteer attorneys who have contributed 25,000 volunteer hours—$6.25M in free legal services—to help 4,500 clients.


Thank you! Imagine Justice, Celebrating 10 Years of Legal Service

Thank you to each of you that attended and supported our 10 year anniversary celebration! We enjoyed sharing the PBN journey and previewing our future while enjoying an amazing magic show! PBN has grown to where it is thanks to each and every one of you! Take a look at our program book to see all the details of the evening!

Happy Birthday, PBN!

Ten years ago, we got together around Donna Peel's kitchen table during "snowmageddon" to do something about the need for free legal services in the area. In this short clip, Donna recalls that first meeting





PBN is devoted to bringing a variety of projects to its volunteers and does not concentrate on a particular legal area. Volunteers do not need subject-matter experience to work on a project. We offer training as well as supervision and subject-matter advisors. 


We are unable to respond to individual requests for legal assistance. There are many agencies who can help you find the resources you need.

Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS)

CARPLS is a legal resource triage system for Cook County. Their hotline is staffed by attorneys who can assist you or direct you to another agency that best suits your needs. 


(312) 738-9200


Illinois Legal Aid Online

This statewide site offers you information about your legal rights and responsibilities, referrals to free and low cost legal aid offices, and forms and instructions for representing yourself.



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