Public Interest Law Initiative

Named & Honorary Interns

In addition to the dozens of law student Interns that PILI is able to fund out of our general fundraising efforts with law firms, foundations, corporations and individuals, PILI is also able to designate a number of Named and Honorary Interns each year, thanks to special funding commitments made by individual and organizational champions for public interest law.

Spring 2017 Named & Honorary Interns

Baker McKenzie Intern

Dana Tellefsen from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Baker McKenzie Intern at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA). Baker McKenzie has a longstanding commitment to ensuring access to justice for all of those in need, and funding a school-year Internship placement at Cabrini Green Legal Aid through PILI further supports this tradition of service.

Chicago Bar Foundation Intern

Chloe Sommers from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at at Chicago Legal Clinic. As the charitable arm of the CBA, the Chicago Bar Foundation brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone.

LAGBAC Intern

Kail Lubarsky from the John Marshall Law School is the LAGBAC (Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago) Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in their LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. The LAGBAC Foundation’s mission is to improve access to the legal and judicial system for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed and questioning persons by giving law students the opportunity to learn valuable, practical legal skills while giving back to our community.

Mary C. Russo Memorial Intern

Jennifer Pinsof from the University of Michigan Law School is the Mary C. Russo Memorial Intern at LAF. This Internship is funded by Mary’s children to honor the memory of their mother who died in 2014. Mary was the consummate volunteer, contributing to her community in many ways, including forming the Office of Volunteer Resources for her city, Virginia Beach, Virginia. She served as Director of this office for 37 years, and also chaired many volunteer initiatives focused on education, mental health, drug abuse, and the court system, among others.

Fall 2016 Named & Honorary Interns

Baker McKenzie Intern

Daniel Aler from DePaul University College of Law is the Fall 2016 Baker McKenzie Intern at the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL). Baker McKenzie has had a special relationship with CDEL for decades, with many lawyers at the firm serving on CDEL’s Board of Directors and generously donating their time and talent on dozens of legal matters for CDEL clients. Funding a school-year Internship placement at CDEL through PILI further supports their important work.

Chicago Bar Foundation Intern

Frank Pucci from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Fall 2016 Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. As the charitable arm of the CBA, The Chicago Bar Foundation brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. Learn more about the CBF’s support of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program on their website.

LAGBAC Intern

Brynne Morningstar from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2016 LAGBAC (Lesbian And Gay Bar Association of Chicago) Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in their LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. The LAGBAC Foundation’s mission is to improve access to the legal and judicial system for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed and questioning persons by giving law students the opportunity to learn valuable, practical legal skills while giving back to our community.

Summer 2016 Named & Honorary Interns

Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern

Elizabeth Carter from the University of Illinois College of Law is the Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern at the Chicago Legal Clinic. The Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Internship is funded by the Francis Beidler Foundation to honor the memory of prominent Chicago litigator Alfred C. Tisdahl, who died in 2000.

Chicago Bar Foundation Interns

Jessica Boone from Valparaiso Univeristy Law School, Loren Gutierrez from Chicago-Kent College of Law and Alyssa Phillips from Notre Dame Law School are the three Chicago Bar Foundation Interns serving at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Legal Aid Society and Chicago Coalition for the Homeless respectively. Learn more about the CBF’s support of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program on their website.

Florence Miller Memorial Interns

Huong Nguyen from The John Marshall Law School and Lindsey Schmeidler from Chicago-Kent College of Law are the Florence Miller Memorial Interns at the Chicago Legal Clinic – Pilsen Office and CARPLS, respectively. Florence Miller, who passed away in 2008, was well-known in the international trademark law community and a strong advocate for women in the profession. Through Florence Miller’s generosity, PILI was able to establish the Florence E. Miller Endowment Fund to provide much-needed funding for Interns.

Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Intern

Katherine LaRosa from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Intern at the Legal Council for Health Justice in their Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children. This Named Internship provides direct legal services to, or on behalf of, poor, disenfranchised and underrepresented children.

Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern

Megan Harkins from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern at the Legal Council for Health Justice. This Internship is generously funded by the law firm of Brinks Gilson & Lione in honor of one of the firm’s named partners and longstanding member of PILI’s Board of Directors, Jerome Gilson.

Jerome Mirza Memorial Interns

Jacob Huju from the University of Iowa College of Law and Sharion Scott from Washington University School of Law are the Jerome Mirza Memorial Interns, serving at Land Of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in Alton, IL and Prairie State Legal Services in Rock Island, IL, respectively. These Internships are funded directly by the Jerome Mirza Foundation in Bloomington, IL. Jerome Mirza, a 1963 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, was a leader in the field of trial advocacy and in the legal profession throughout his long career.

Kimball & Karen Anderson Intern

Amanda Ray from the University of Illinois College of Law is the Kimball & Karen Anderson Intern at the Legal Council for Health Justice. Recognizing the important work of the Legal Council for Health Justice, specifically focusing on those impacted by AIDS/HIV, the Andersons generously provide annual Internship funding at this agency.

Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern

Francesca Hoffman from Indiana University – Maurer School of Law is the Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Policy Law. This Internship is generously funded by the Polk Bros. Foundation in honor of its long-serving immediate past Executive Director and member of PILI’s Board of Directors, Nikki Will Stein.

PILI Alumni Named Intern

Oluchi Ifebi from The John Marshall Law School is this year’s PILI Alumni Named Intern at Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing. The PILI Alumni Named Internship is generously funded by donations from PILI Intern & Fellow Alumni across the country.

Polk Bros. Foundation Intern

Karla Bayas from the University of Illinois College of Law is the Polk Bros. Foundation Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center. This Internship is sponsored by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the largest supporter of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program.

Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Intern

Holly Sanchez Perry from DePaul University College of Law is the Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Intern at the Equip for Equality. Funded by individual donors as well as PILI Board Members, the Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Internship honors the work and career of Roslyn C. Lieb, a former PILI Executive Director.

Ruth Ann Schmitt Legal Aid Intern

Kaitlin Summers from the University of Illinois College of Law is the inaugural Ruth Ann Schmitt Legal Aid Intern, serving at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation (CVLS) this summer. The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois (LTF) is funding this Named Internship for five years in honor of Ruth Ann Schmitt, who retired in 2015 after 32 years as its Executive Director. LTF is the largest state-level funder of civil legal aid for the poor in Illinois, making grants to support non-profit organizations that provide a legal safety net for low-income people with desperate needs and nowhere else to turn.

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