Prairie State Legal Services is pleased to announce Thomas Dennis as the new managing attorney of its Peoria/Galesburg office.

“I’m thrilled to step into this new role as Managing Attorney for the Peoria/Galesburg office of Prairie State Legal Services,” Thomas said. “I am committed to continuing to provide high-quality legal services for our clients and to responding to the unique needs of our community. I look forward to strengthening our connection with the community as we ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law.”

“I am so pleased to welcome Thomas into this new role,” said Denise E. Conklin, Executive Director of Prairie State Legal Services. “Thomas possesses a combination of essential qualities including good judgement, the ability to act even when difficult, and a balance of empathy and resolve. Our community continues to benefit from his leadership and expertise, and we are proud to celebrate his new role.”

Thomas joined Prairie State Legal Services in 2013 as a Staff Attorney. After three years of service with Prairie State, he joined the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney. Thomas returned to Prairie State in 2017 where he focused on public benefits work, specifically Social Security Disability and education matters. For the past two years, Thomas has served as a Supervising Attorney in the Peoria/Galesburg office.

Thomas is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He received his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law, and his B.S. from Arizona State University.