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Resources for the General Public:

The Illinois Bar Foundation does not provide legal services, advice, or representation.

To find a lawyer near you who practices in your legal area of need – please visit the Illinois State Bar Association’s Illinois Lawyer Finder.

If you are looking for free legal help, the Illinois Bar Foundation supports access to justice for those who need it most through our Illinois JusticeCorps program and grant giving.

People without lawyers can find in-person assistance from Illinois JusticeCorps members at select courthouses around the state.

Illinois Legal Aid Online  provides comprehensive legal information and can direct you to local legal aid organizations and self-help resources.

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice  offers information, court forms and other resources for people going to court without a lawyer.

If you have questions or complaints about your attorney, please visit the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Resources for Pro Bono Attorneys

The Illinois Bar Foundation encourages all practicing lawyers to give back to their communities and use their unique skills as attorneys by engaging in pro bono.

Pro bono opportunities can be found at Illinois Legal Aid and Public Interest Law Initiative.

For a virtual and flexible pro bono opportunity, consider volunteering with Illinois Free Legal Answers  – a program of the Public Interest Law Initiative in partnership with the American Bar Association and supported by the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Resources for Attorneys, Judges & Law Students

The Illinois Bar Foundation strives to provide support for attorneys across the state, whether the need is related to finances, mental health & wellness, or professional support.

If you, or an attorney you know, is in need of financial assistance, please consider applying for assistance through the Warren Lupel Lawyers Care Fund. This fund offers direct aid to attorneys and their families during times of crisis, providing financial aid to attorneys struggling with major physical and/or mental health issues that limit or eliminate their ability to work.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with substance abuse, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues – please reach out to the Lawyers Assistance Program. Help is free and always confidential. LAP offers specialized consultations for attorneys, judges and law students and also provides statewide support through a community of local volunteers.

Attorneys looking for professional support should visit the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. The Commission offers a mentoring program, including a toolkit designed especially for underrepresented attorneys, as well as a number of resources regarding civility, well-being, diversity, legal ethics and more.

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We are proud to have served approximately 52,000 individuals throughout Illinois this year through our access to justice and lawyers care programs and hope to serve many more with your continued support. Donate today to help your neighbors throughout Illinois receive assistance for basic needs such as housing, safety, education and accessibility to legal resources this holiday season.

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Your gift helps provide funding for organizations across the state working with vulnerable populations, to ensure they receive the legal support and resources they so desperately need, and to support attorneys and their families during times of crisis.