PBN Recognized as Pro Bono Leader by ABA
We are humbled to be recognized as a Pro Bono Leader by the ABA Center for Pro Bono. Last year, our volunteer attorneys were able to help 126 individuals needing pro bono legal advice via the ABA’s Free Legal Answers online portal.
PBN Volunteers Named CDEL Volunteers of the Year
Congratulations to PBN volunteer attorneys Karen Boyd, Catherine Taylor Cappel, Ken Shiner, and Libby Wood, who were recognized as Volunteers of the Year by the Center for Disability and Elder Law.
PBN Recognizes Volunteer with Hummingbird Award
Every year, we give our Hummingbird Award to a volunteer who embodies the tale’s message—doing as much as you can to help. This year’s recipient is Patti Marino, who started with us shortly after retiring in 2012. Most recently, Patti successfully completed an epic years-long project to get SSI benefits for a disabled single mom.
PBN Volunteer Laura Gastel Named Volunteer of the Year by ABA
Congratulations to PBN #volunteerattorney Laura Gastel. Laura was recently recognized by the ABA Center for Pro Bono for “providing extraordinary pro bono services through ABA Free Legal Answers” through her participation with PBN's Online Legal Counseling Project.
PBN Launches New DACA Immigration Project
We are very excited about our new immigration project, working with undocumented young people who qualify for work permits under the federal immigration policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The policy allows eligible individuals to stay in the country temporarily and apply for temporary work permits. Earlier this month, 17 attorneys completed our first project training.
CDEL Recognizes PBN with Distinguished Service Award
During its Light Up the Loop, CDEL recognized PBN and our volunteers by awarding us the Distinguished Service Award. Read more.
Public Interest Law Initiative Recognizes PBN with Pro Bono Initiative Award
PBN was selected from among many nominations for their outstanding contributions to public interest law and pro bono in Illinois. Read more.
Legal Aid Foundation Names PBN Volunteers "Attorneys of the Year"
Legal Aid Foundation, now Legal Aid Chicago, named four PBN volunteers, including director of programming, Sheila Pont, as "attorneys of the year."
Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing Recognizes PBN as "2013 LCBH Friend of the Year"
LCBH recognized PBN for the advocacy provided to clients in tenant-landlord disputes, everything from lease negotiations to reasonable accommodation requests and demands for repair. Read more.
PBN Recognized by Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago for Volunteerism
The first agency with whom we worked also graced PBN with its first volunteerism award -- the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. PBN remains grateful to CRFC for getting us off the ground.
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.
Ten years ago, while “snowmageddon” raged in Chicago, Pro Bono Network formed, changing the model for the way free legal services are provided. Ten years later, we continue to create meaningful change in the lives of low-income residents.
Each of us is struggling to adjust to the “new normal” brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Sheltering-in-place, social-distancing, and caring for our families, coupled with unprecedented uncertainty, is changing the way we go about our lives.
According to the Legal Services Corporation Justice Gap report, low-income Americans received no or inadequate legal help for 86 percent of their non-criminal legal problems. Learn how PBN is addressing the shortage.
Austin Weekly News
In Cook County alone, approximately one half of the 1.4 million people who qualify for legal aid will need assistance in any given year. However, current legal aid programs and pro bono attorneys in Illinois cannot come close to meeting that need.
DuPage County Bar Association
The need for attorneys to provide pro bono legal services has never been greater. Despite the strong efforts of national, state, and local entities to provide free legal services to those of limited means, statistics show that we are in a legal aid deficit.
PBN's director of programming, Sheila Pont, is interviewed by WGN's Paul Lisnek.
American Bar Association
In this interview with the ABA, PBN director of development Heena Musabji discusses the PBN model and how it works.
Crain's Chicago Business
Congratulations to Anne Geraghty Helms, named by Crain's Chicago Business as one of the 60 most influential lawyers in Chicago.
Donna Peel always planned to return to the practice of law. But Peel never expected that during her career break she would start an organization that helps stay-at-home parents like her plug into pro bono agencies as a way to keep their legal skills sharp. Of course, that’s exactly what happened.
This Woman Created the Uber of Legal Aid
Donna Peel is using sharing-economy principles and woman power to help fill a dire need for legal-aid lawyers. Read more.
The legal industry already has been heavily affected by technology and the “Uber-ization” of the marketplace. It follows that pro bono work also would be affected.
The Federal Bar
Attorneys who leave their legal careers for home and family obligations often feel set afloat on the proverbial iceberg—with the parting advice to keep their legal skills current and stay in touch if they are serious about reentry. While the advice is true, it is enormously difficult to put into action.
CARPLS Everyday Justice Blog
CARPLS is proud of its partnerships with many Chicago-area and Illinois organizations, including this month’s feature on the Pro Bono Network. CARPLS’ Everyday Justice Blog is a showcase for all of us who are working towards the mission of access to justice.
According to the report, “The Justice Gap,” low-income Americans receive no or inadequate legal help for 86 percent for their non-criminal legal problems. These individuals include senior citizens, veterans, and those with disabilities. They may be experiencing housing problems or domestic violence, or they may be trying to obtain veterans’ benefits, disability benefits, or child support. Currently, there are not enough volunteer attorneys in Illinois to help them.