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