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Chief justice keynote speaker at award ceremony

Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Michael A. Schwarz)
Thomas Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court chief justice.

WOODSTOCK – Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, will deliver a keynote speech entitled “Access to Justice, a Work in Progress” at the Prairie State Legal Services’ annual Pro Bono Award Ceremony.

The award ceremony will be held during the McHenry County Bar Association’s general meeting and luncheon at noon May 28 at Bull Valley Golf Club, 1311 Club Road, Woodstock.

The award ceremony recognizes significant contributions in the preceding year by lawyers and law firms in representing indigent clients on a pro bono basis.

The luncheon cost is $17 for MCBA members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations for nonmembers will be taken after Tuesday. To make a reservation, call the MCBA office, 815-338-9559 or email mchenrycountybar@sbcglobal.net.

The Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Program is designed to ease the entry to the court system by those people who cannot afford an attorney and cannot qualify for legal aid.

Prairie State Legal Services, with offices in McHenry, offers free legal services for low-income persons and those over 60 who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. Their mission is “to provide or coordinate the delivery of high quality legal services to low-income individuals, families and groups.”

The McHenry County Bar Association is a professional organization for area judges, attorneys, paralegals, and law school students. The mission of the organization is “to promote the common interest of the members of the bar; to improve through self-education and education of the public the standing of the legal profession in the community and to better secure equal justice under the law to which all citizens are entitled.”

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