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PBN Model Increases Access to Legal Aid

More than 85 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 many attorneys want to provide pro bono legal services, but they lack a workable model to do so. 

PBN provides the link between attorneys who want to help and the needs of the clients and legal aid community.


  • We remove barriers and provide the support structure to make it easier to volunteer.

  • We assist with supervising, mentoring, administrative matters, troubleshooting, and ongoing training.

  • We work with attorneys, many of whom 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.

  • We work closely with the legal aid agency to keep projects running smoothly for our volunteers.


PBN’s model facilitates access to justice for more clients by providing attorney volunteers with workable volunteer opportunities.

Partner Agencies

PBN identifies gaps in legal representation, then develops projects with local legal aid agencies to close those gaps. These are the partner agencies PBN has worked with since 2011.

  • African American Christian Foundation

  • Ascend Justice

  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid


  • Center for Disability and Elder Law

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago

  • Illinois Legal Aid Online

  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing

  • Legal Aid Chicago

  • Legal Council for Health Justice

  • Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Society

  • National Immigrant Justice Center

  • Prairie State Legal Services

  • Public Interest Law Initiative

  • The Resurrection Project

  • Sarah’s Inn

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