Public Interest Law Initiative


“It was a very valuable experience and I genuinely feel like I learned a lot and am much better aware of what will be expected of me as an attorney working in public interest law.”- Cynthia Toscano, 2017 PILI Law Student Intern

“Public interest jobs are hard to come by as it is, and it’s even harder to find one that provides financial support to those who want to provide services to the poor, working poor, and otherwise marginalized members of our community.” - Chloe Sommers, 2017 PILI Law Student Intern

“My PILI Fellowship has given me the opportunity to receive valuable hands-on experience while engaging in meaningful work and has reminded me of the importance of always giving back to the community and how one person can truly make a difference. “ - Karolen Younan, 2017 PILI Graduate Fellow

“Following my PILI Fellowship, I have a much greater understanding of the public interest needs within the Chicago community, and my role within that larger picture.” - Kirsten Moran, 2017 PILI Graduate Fellow

“It’s fair to say that I owe my career to PILI. I may never have worked at the Public Guardian’s Office if not for the opportunity afforded me to do so through PILI’s Graduate Fellowship Program.” - Charles Golbert, Chair, PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council

“PILI is filling a key gap by uniting and rallying the Illinois legal community—both public interest and private practitioners—around the issue of enhancing services for people in Illinois in need of legal representation.” - Emily Seymore, Chair-Elect, PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council

“My experience with PILI has always been rewarding and a great stepping stone into the world of pro bono for new attorneys or attorneys who are new to pro bono services.” - Abigail Fleming, Member, Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee

“United Airlines is proud to include PILI as a key component of its pro bono program not just because PILI supports and fosters improving access to justice for those in need, but because it does so in such effective ways.” - Steven Fus, Assistant General Counsel at United Airlines, Inc.

“The challenge of providing adequate legal services to the poor and vulnerable is profound and unrelenting. Fortunately, PILI has been there at every step of the way to confront it.” - Justice Lloyd Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court

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