Watch PBN in Action: The Clients. The Volunteers. The Impact.


Like most places in the country, the legal bar in northern Illinois is unable to provide enough free legal assistance to satisfy the growing demand by those in need.


The irony is that many attorneys in Chicagoland want to provide pro bono legal services, but lack a workable model to do so. This is especially true of attorneys who have decided to take time off to raise children, who retired, or who maintain law practices outside the Chicago city-limits.


Out of the clients' need and the attorneys’ desire, an idea was born—group these experienced attorneys together and remove barriers to volunteering to make it easier for attorneys to help those in need. As a result, more people in dire need are receiving help.  Over 250 volunteers, more than 15,000 hours of legal service and counting -- join us and let's do our part to bridge the justice gap together.


Nov 04, 2019

We are excited to share the PBN video which explains how the organization works to empower attorneys to help those in dire need of civil legal aid. More than 400 volunteers have given their time to provide greater than 20,500 hours of legal service to over 3,700 clients! Thank you for joining us and making a difference in the lives of many. 

Nov 07, 2019

Become a part of changing even more lives in the coming year. Your donation will provide a PBN attorney to someone facing a critical legal problem.  Make a donation.

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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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Pro Bono Network
P.O. Box 469
Oak Park, IL 60303


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