Public Interest Law Initiative

Named & Honorary Interns

PILI designates a number of Named and Honorary Interns each year, thanks to special funding commitments made by individual and organizational champions for public interest law. Learn more about funding a named or honorary Internship here »

Summer 2018 Named & Honorary Interns

Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern

Miriam Lee from the University of Illinois College of Law is the Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern at Cabrini Green Legal Aid. 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.

Andersen-O’Brien Named Intern

Mayra Gomez from the Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Andersen-O’Brien Named Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center. This Internship is generously funded by Judge Wayne R. Andersen (Ret.) and Justice Sheila M. O’Brien (Ret.), supporting the work of the National Immigrant Justice Center providing access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Baker Mckenzie Intern

Candice Dundy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Baker McKenzie Intern at Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. Baker McKenzie has a pro bono mission to deliver first-class legal services to the underserved and disadvantaged by fostering an environment that encourages and promotes service. Baker has generously funded this Internship in recognition of PILI’s 40th Anniversary.

Brad & Terri Lane Intern

William Hrabe from University of Illinois College of Law is the Brad & Terri Lane Intern at Equip for Equality. Brad & Terri fund a summer Internship stipend each year to make it possible for an aspiring attorney to help those who need assistance over the summer, and to assist that person in becoming a difference maker in legal aid, public interest, or pro bono service over the course of their professional career.

Chicago Bar Foundation Interns

Stef Duarte from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Natanya Pope-Sohel from Chicago-Kent College of Law and Amanda Willing from DePaul University College of Law are the Chicago Bar Foundation Interns serving at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) and Access Living respectively. Learn more about the CBF’s support of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program on their website.

Florence Miller Memorial Interns

Teresa Doubet King from Chicago-Kent College of Law and Ana Torres from the John Marshall Law School are the Florence Miller Memorial Interns at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, 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

Chidinma Ahukanna from DePaul University College of Law is the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Intern at the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.  This Named Internship provides direct legal services to, or on behalf of, poor, disenfranchised and underrepresented children.

Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern

Alison Heinen from University of Denver-Sturm College of Law is the Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern at the Chicago Legal Clinic at the Austin Office. 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

Emily Hagan from University of Iowa College of Law and Michael Scott from Saint Louis University School of Law are the Jerome Mirza Memorial Interns, serving at Prairie State Legal Services in Rock Island, IL and Land Of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in Alton, 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

Kenya Barbara from Loyola University Chicago School 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.

Kirkland & Ellis Intern

Brittney Watkins from Washington University School of Law is the Kirkland & Ellis Intern at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Kirkland & Ellis is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel and encourages its attorneys at all levels to contribute their professional services to pro bono causes. Kirkland has generously funded this Internship in recognition of PILI’s 40th Anniversary.

Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern

Kaitlin Cutshaw from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law is the Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern at Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing. 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

Susana Sandoval Vargas from Chicago-Kent College of Law  is this year’s PILI Alumni Named Intern at MALDEF. The PILI Alumni Named Internship is generously funded by donations from PILI Intern & Fellow Alumni across the country.

Polk Bros. Foundation Intern

Megan Karnig from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Polk Bros. Foundation Intern at Equip for Equality. This Internship is sponsored by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the largest supporter of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program.

Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Intern

Mary Castro from DePaul University College of Law is the Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Intern at the Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. 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

Britta Johnson from University of Illinois College of Law is the Ruth Ann Schmitt Legal Aid Intern, serving at Prairie State Legal Services in Peoria, IL. 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.

Sidley Austin Intern

Deborah Ritz from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Sidley Austin Intern at LAF. Since its founding in 1866, Sidley has cultivated a tradition of, and commitment to, pro bono service. Sidley has generously funded this Internship in recognition of PILI’s 40th Anniversary.

Spring 2018 Named & Honorary Interns

Andersen-O’Brien Named Intern

Elizabeth Toth from DePaul University College of Law is the Andersen-O’Brien Named Intern at the Legal Aid Society. This Internship is generously funded by Judge Wayne R. Andersen (Ret.) and Justice Sheila M. O’Brien (Ret.) because of their strong commitment to public interest law and, specifically, to the work and mission of Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services.

Baker Mckenzie Intern

Molly Sennet 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

Carl Sessions from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing. 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

Joanna Martin from Chicago-Kent College of Law 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

Emmanuel Almaraz from DePaul University College of Law is the Mary C. Russo Memorial Intern at MALDEF. 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 2017 Named & Honorary Interns

Baker McKenzie Intern

Hannah Nguyen from The John Marshall Law School is the Fall 2017 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

Colin Pochie from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Fall 2017 Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at LAF. 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

Irma Gonzalez from Valparaiso University Law School is the Fall 2017 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.

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