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Elm Leaves Profiles PBN

August 24, 2017

Thanks Elm Leaves for recognizing PBN's work to combat the shortage of legal aid attorneys for those in need. Join us at our upcoming open houses on 8/31 and 9/7!

"This shortage of pro bono attorneys not only affects the number of low-income or disadvantaged people served, but also the disposition of justice. Studies consistently show that the outcome of contested matters often turns on whether a low-income or disadvantaged person has representation."

Advisory Council Member Anne Helms Named one of 2017 Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago

August 7, 2017

We agree 100% that Annie Geheraty Helms is a gem and we are so fortunate to have her expertise on our Advisory Council.


Congrats Annie!

Board Member Julie Renehan Profiled in Hinsdale Magazine

July 31, 2017

So proud of Julie Renehan. She is exactly what we need more of in our society -- someone who sees a need and does all she can to do something about it. There is little that Julie can't do.. and little she has not done for PBN; she has been a project manager, project developer and is currently on our Board of Directors as well as an active legal volunteer. Thank you Julie. This recognition is well deserved!

PBN Celebrates Linda Rio Reichmann's First 100 Days as ED

July 12, 2017

Today marks Linda Rio Reichmann's first 100 days as our new Executive Director!

Hinsdale Living welcomes Linda into her role with this great article that also features board member, Julie Renehan.

Ask an Expert

May 19, 2017

Our Executive Director, Linda Rio Reichmann, featured in this week's Hinsdalean Newspaper! Quick correction to the article: PBN has provided more than 12,000 hours of free legal aid since it was formed in 2011, and over 3,000 hours in 2016 alone (pretty incredible, right?!).

Why Board Member Shama Ahmed Will Run in the DuPage Human Race

May 4, 2017

The Daily Herald shares why our board member, Shama Ahmed, runs for PBN in the DuPage Human Race with her family! 

"I'll be thinking of three of my immigration clients."

PBN Featured in Oak Park's Wednesday Journal

April 19, 2017

Oak Park's Wednesday Journal chronicled the origins and mission of PBN. PBN seeks to help bring more attorneys to those in need by offering free legal services by partnering with existing legal aid agencies. Now, 250 volunteer attorneys have donated an estimated 12,000 hours since PBN's beginning in 2011.

PBN Welcomes New Executive Director Linda Rio Reichmann

March 27, 2017

We are very excited to welcome Linda Rio Reichman as our new Executive Director. She will officially join on April 4th, and brings leadership experience along with commitment to legal aid. Official Press Release is attached.

Q&A with Heena Musabji

March 9, 2017

The American Bar Association's Dialogue discusses all things PBN with Heena Musabji!

"Even though the intent was to make legal pro bono access easier for attorney parents, the result is that we have attorneys from diverse walks of life (including retired attorneys, inactive attorneys, part-time attorneys, those in between jobs, and solo practitioners) who have all found it practical to do pro bono work on this platform."

PBN Board Member Stephen Hackney and the "Marquette Park 4"

March 2, 2017

"The attorneys who worked tirelessly for our freedom." Those are the words of the "Marquette Park 4" Four young men who were convicted of murder and given life sentences twenty years ago, but were exonerated and freed in February due to the hard work of pro bono attorneys... one of them being Stephen Hackney, a member of our PBN Advisory Council. We are proud to have you on our team and fighting the good fight! Thank you Stephen!

PBN Founder Donna Peel Profiled in American Lawyer

January 6, 2017

So proud of Donna Peel as she returns to her antitrust roots with Kirkland & Ellis. A great article in the American Lawyer!

“She’s [Donna's] a perfect example of why Pro Bono Network exists,” Pont said. “It exists for someone to use their energies and help do what they can during that time when they’re not working full-time.”

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