From Federal Lawyer, May 2008:
"A pioneering program in which volunteer attorneys represent pro se plaintiffs in settlement conferences before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois helped the court to resolve an average of two employment discrimination cases each month during the program’s first 16 months of operation. Chief District Judge James F. Holderman therefore believes that the court’s Settlement Assistance Program—apparently the first of its kind at the district court level—has been a great success. "While it is always a goal of the court to resolve claims amicably between the parties," Holderman says, "our judges are especially heartened when this result is reached through the efforts of attorneys volunteering their time and expertise to those who need it most."
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