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Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice


Equal justice for all" is one of our state's most proudly proclaimed principles. Yet, a large number of Illinoisans—often with urgent and important issues at stake—find themselves without legal assistance to help them with their legal problems. The legal aid and pro bono system in Illinois is able to address only a small fraction of the civil legal problems encountered by low-income and vulnerable Illinoisans. For unrepresented individuals, equal access to justice is nowhere close to a reality.

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice was created by the Illinois Supreme Court in June 2012 to "promote, facilitate and enhance equal access to justice with an emphasis on access to the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies for all people, particularly the poor and vulnerable." Illinois Supreme Court Rule 10-100.


Chair
Justice Mary K. Rochford
Justice, Illinois Appellate Court

Members
Carolyn H. Clift
Attorney at Law (Ret.)

Jeffrey D. Colman
Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Michael A. Fiello
Managing Attorney, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

Hon. Thomas M. Harris, Jr.
Justice, Illinois Appellate Court

Hon. Leonard Murray
Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

Gina M. Noe
Circuit Clerk of Marshall County

Jennifer T. Nijman
Partner, Nijman Franzetti LLP

Justice Daniel J. Pierce
Justice, Illinois Appellate Court

Hon. Michael J. Sullivan
Chief Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit

Hon. Debra B. Walker
Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

Supreme Court Liaison
Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
Illinois Supreme Court

AOIC Staff Contact
Danielle Elyce Hirsch
Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts
Civil Justice Division
222 N. LaSalle Street, 13th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Email: dhirsch@illinoiscourts.gov
Phone: 312.793.2014