On May 2, 2018, Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman was presented the 2017 Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Award by the Board of Directors of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. The Award was presented at the Champaign County Bar Association's Annual Law Day Dinner. The recognition was made for her efforts to better the lives of Champaign County citizens through expanding access to court records and the creation of an annual Expungement and Records Sealing Summit. Land of Lincoln Managing Attorney Susan Zielke states "As is evident, Katie is committee to increasing access to justice and assisting those in need of legal help. She seeks to use her position, her influence, and her skills to better the community she serves. She is an excellent example of Mr. Bartylak's lifelong commitment to access to justice".