Pro Bono Resources

For information about pro bono in Illinois, including how to get involved, developing or expanding pro bono programs at firms, corporations or organizations, taking on a leadership role, or pro bono rules, contact Samira Nazem at (312) 554-8356 or snazem@chicagobar.org.

To Find Pro Bono Opportunities
Pro Bono Opportunities Guide
The CBF’s widely distributed Pro Bono Opportunities Guide is designed to help attorneys find a pro bono program particularly suited to their interests, skills and schedules. If you would like to receive hard copies of the Guide for you or your office, please email Angela Inzano at ainzano@chicagobar.org.

We also have information sheets with opportunities that are especially good for:

IllinoisLegalAid.org
This website features up-to-date and searchable information about pro bono opportunities throughout Illinois. The CBF has partnered with ILAO to ensure that the posted volunteer opportunities are accurate, helpful and current. In addition, you can identify upcoming events, including pro bono training programs, through the calendar. Finally the website provides other useful information for pro bono attorneys, including archived training programs and materials.
CBF Pro Bono Support Program
The CBF staff has extensive knowledge about the many great pro bono opportunities. We are available to help you identify and connect with pro bono opportunities that are a good fit for your schedule, interests and goals. We also welcome your feedback about your experience with pro bono, gaps in our system or things we might do better. Contact Angela Inzano at (312) 554-4952 or ainzano@chicagobar.org.

To Find Out If You Can Do Pro Bono Work in Illinois
In-House Counsel
Attorneys who are licensed in Illinois as in-house counsel under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 716 may perform pro bono service in Illinois without any additional registration or affiliation requirements. See selected pro bono opportunities for in-house counsel.
Attorneys Licensed in Other States
Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(k) provides that attorneys who are admitted in another state and are not disbarred or otherwise suspended from practice may perform pro bono service by doing the following:

  1. annually filing the required paperwork and information with the ARDC,
  2. working with a qualified sponsoring legal aid organization or other qualified entity, and
  3. participating in any training required by the sponsoring organization.

Forms and additional instructions are available on the ARDC’s website and a list of sponsoring entities is available on www.IllinoisLegalAid.org.

Attorneys Registered as Retired or Inactive in Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(k) provides that attorneys who are registered with the ARDC as retired or inactive may perform pro bono service by doing the following:

  1. annually filing the required paperwork and information with the ARDC,
  2. working with a qualified sponsoring legal aid organization or other qualified entity, and
  3. participating in any training required by the sponsoring organization.

Forms and additional instructions are available on the ARDC’s website and a list of sponsoring entities is available on www.IllinoisLegalAid.org.

For Pro Bono Providers
Pro Bono Checklist
The Pro Bono Checklist and the accompanying manual and materials were developed to provide legal aid and other organizations with an overview of the process for starting and sustaining a successful pro bono program, as well as helpful background information, sample documents and templates, and other resources.
Becoming a Sponsoring Entity
Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(k), a sponsoring entity is “a not-for-profit legal services organization, governmental entity, law school clinical program or a bar association providing pro bono services.” Sponsoring entities must do the following:

  1. submit an application to the ARDC describing the organization’s pro bono program in which attorneys covered under Rule 756 may participate,
  2. certify that the organization will provide appropriate training and support to pro bono attorneys,
  3. provide malpractice insurance to pro bono attorneys, and
  4. notify the ARDC if the organization discontinues participation in the program.

Forms and additional instructions are available on the ARDC’s website and a list of sponsoring entities is available on www.IllinoisLegalAid.org.

Pro Bono Reporting