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 450 volunteers, 30 translators, more than 20,000 hours of legal service and counting -- join us and let's do our part to bridge the justice gap together.
Watch PBN in Action: The Clients. The Volunteers. The Impact.
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.
NEED AN ATTORNEY?
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.
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.