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Third Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee meets to explore and expand services

The Pro Bono Committee of the Third Judicial Circuit, serving Madison and Bond Counties in Illinois, met in person earlier this year for the first time since 2020. Committee members shared their successes over the last quarter and plans for future projects and events. Judge Maureen Schuette chairs the Pro Bono Committee, comprised of judges, court staff, legal aid providers, and lawyers from a variety of different practice areas who meet quarterly.

With the help of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and the Madison County Bar Association, the Committee also hosted a seminar in May geared toward family law practitioners. The event provided legal education for attorneys who serve in a volunteer capacity in the Third Circuit’s Legal Advice Clinic in the Madison County Law Library or other legal aid organizations.

“We truly appreciate each and every attorney and staff member who graciously donates their time and talent to our Legal Advice Clinic, to our Continuing Legal Education Seminars, and to our Pro Bono services. You are an amazing asset to the Third Judicial Circuit and we are very thankful for you,” said Chair and Associate Judge Maureen Schuette.

In addition to the Legal Advice Clinic, the Madison County Law Library also features a Legal Self-Help Center dedicated to providing general information and resources for self-represented litigants. The public can access these resources by visiting the Center in the basement of the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville or contacting them at (618) 296-4900 or

The Committee has also begun preparations for its annual luncheon in October, where those who have dedicated their time to Pro Bono service in the Circuit can celebrate and be recognized. Later in the year, the Committee will work on special veteran-related projects in time for Veterans Day. If a veteran is in need of legal assistance, contact the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, (618) 296-4900.

Judge Maureen Schuette, shown.

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