Crime, Legal Related

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

aka PSLS

Rockford, IL

Mission

The mission of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights.

Ruling Year

1977

Principal Officer

Mr. Michael O'Connor

Main Address

303 N Main St Suite 600

Rockford, IL 61101 USA

Keywords

Law Legal Services Legal Aid Domestic Violence Eviction Benefits housing custody poor elderly

EIN

37-1030764

 Number

3724197743

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Legal Services (I80)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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Our Results

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Hours of legal assistance offered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Civil Legal Services

Context notes

Our staff and volunteer attorneys working in our offices record their time and specify time spent on individual cases. The number of hours varies based on resources.

Number of participants counseled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Civil Legal Services

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This represents the number of cases completed in a given year.

% of clients reporting they understood the legal advice provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Civil Legal Services

Context notes

For cases completed with legal advice as the primary service we inquire whether the client understood the legal advice provided. Our goal is at least 90% understanding the legal advice provided.

% of clients whose cases are favorably resoved with legal representation

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Civil Legal Services

Context notes

Our goal is to achieve favorable results in at least 75% of cases completed with legal representation in negotiations, in court or in administrative agency appeals.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

1. To protect eligible persons from serious risk to health or safety in those situations where a legal solution can remedy the issue.

2. To ensure that eligible persons are able to meet their basic human needs

3. To enable eligible persons to preserve or obtain income or assets or benefits needed to improve their ability to meet their basic human needs or to better care for members of their household.

4. To provide children with resources that will facilitate their healthy development

5. To protect the legal rights of parents with regard to their children

6. To enhance person's efforts and opportunities to be self-sufficient and/or to maximize personal autonomy of persons with disabilities.

7. To ensure low income residents have access to our system of justice.

Legal representation is provided when appropriate to protecting vulnerable persons from harm or to aid persons in meeting their basic human needs.

In partnership with Illinois Legal Aid Online, offer online access to legal information and potential linkage to individualized legal services.

To extent resources permit, offer individualized legal advice to enable people to avoid legal problems or solve legal problems themselves.

Recruit, training and coordinate volunteer attorneys to expand the legal help available at no charge for low income persons.

Work with the community to find solutions to problems.

Recruit and train non-attorney volunteers to aid in outreach efforts and expansion of services.

The organization has an extensive training program for its staff and excellent supervision. The staff are committed to excellence in services and sensitive to the needs of our client community. We have a core of highly experienced attorneys each with more than 20 years of experience available to assist other staff attorneys in responding to client needs.

Our telephone counseling service includes highly experienced attorneys who are experts in being legal generalists. These attorneys provide excellent legal counsel to eligible callers.

The organization has very strong fiscal controls to ensure the fiscal health of the organization.

Over 12,000 legal matters completed each year.
Over 90% of clients receiving legal advice report that they understood the legal advice provided.
Over 75% of clients whose cases are resolved with legal representation in court, or negotiations or administrative hearings obtain favorable outcomes.

Prairie State has focused on providing client centered legal services and this is reflected in positive outcomes and positive client satisfaction with services.

We have increased volunteer involvement in service delivery and this expands the services we can provide.

While we have these positive accomplishments, we are not able to fully serve all low income persons with urgent legal problems let alone those with important but less urgent issues. Demand exceeds our capacity and this is a challenge.

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Financials

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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