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LETTER Attorneys needed
2019-10-02

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Dear Editor:

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.

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 person has an attorney.

The Pro Bono Network ( PBN ) has been working since 2011 to combat this shortage by expanding the pool of attorneys available to represent those who cannot afford legal services. PBN recruits, trains, places and supports lawyers who want to be of service but have limitations on their availability or resources. These include attorneys who are on career breaks, have retired, or are solo practitioners. The attorneys can work from their home or at a number of locations throughout Cook and DuPage counties. Malpractice insurance is provided.

For more information or questions, email sheila.pont@pro-bono-network.org .

Linda Rio

Pro Bono Network

Executive Director


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