NIU College of Law to Host Pro Bono Service Panel

The Northern Illinois University College of Law will be hosting an exciting program about the importance of “giving back” (volunteer pro bono service). A panel discussion entitled "Pro Bono Service?  Why?" will be held on Thursday, October 31st from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom at the NIU College of Law.

The Keynote Speaker, Jonathan K. Baum, a prominent attorney who was the first Director of Pro Bono Programs at a major Chicago law firm, will be joined by a panel including Attorney Joseph A. Dailing, Consultant, Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission; Attorney Ruth Barnes (’09), “World Relief” DuPage/Aurora, Immigrant Legal Services; and Erin Novak (3L), Co-coordinator, Hope Legal Clinic at Hesed House Homeless Shelter in Aurora, Illinois. Professor Lawrence Schlam, Director of Pro Bono Initiatives, will be moderating the discussion.

These dedicated attorneys, all of whom have significant experience with integrating pro bono legal services into their lives and practices, will discuss:

  • their professional work and experience;
  • how and why they integrated pro bono service into their professional lives; and
  • their thoughts and insights about their practice and how pro bono service might improve opportunities for professional success and personal fulfillment.

A reception will be held immediately following the program, which is free and open to the public.


For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or