Ann Maher Feb. 14, 2014, 11:57am

The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee recently announced that Madison County lawyers gave free legal appointments to 49 people in the last quarter of 2013.

“These dedicated attorneys are helping members of our community better understand their legal system," said Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder, who chairs the Pro Bono Committee. "We appreciate their efforts."

Attorneys who volunteered their time between October and December were:

Rob Bas, Brenda Baum, Rodney Caffey, Jack Doughtery, Dave Fahrenkamp, Derek Filcoff, George Filcoff, Joe Hill, Brian Konzen, Barb Joiner, David Jones, Brady McAnnish, Marty Mengarelli, Amy Morgan, Rob Pritzker, Andrew Rankin, Eric Rosser, Barb Sherer, Joan Spiegel, Randy Steele, Mike Stewart, Rick Stieger, Jill Sundberg, Mike Swanson, Philip Theis, Mary Beth Williams, Leslie Wood, and Audra Zobrist.


The appointments are one of the programs created by the committee to assist low income individuals who may not be able to afford an attorney and who need legal information.

Lawyers donate 30 minutes to each person to give them information on how to handle their cases or legal disputes. The volunteers saw a total of 173 people throughout the 2013 calendar year.

The program assists people on any legal subject except criminal law, including but not limited to subjects such as family law or areas such as debt collection, landlord tenant, small claims, or any other civil area of law.

Free appointments are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Madison County Law Library at the courthouse in Edwardsville. The appointments are for those of limited incomes who do not have attorneys and qualifying information will need to be provided.

To make an appointment or to volunteer, call 618-296-5921 or e-mail Betsy Mahoney at


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