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 2019 Named & Honorary Interns

Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern

Laura Loyd from the University of Illinois College of Law is the Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern at Prairie State Legal Services in Peoria. 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.

Brad & Terri Lane Intern

Ruben Bautista from Chicago-Kent 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.

Dolores K. Hanna Memorial Intern

Katherine Pancewicz from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Dolores K. Hanna Memorial Intern at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Dolores Hanna was a prominent Chicago trademark attorney who worked tirelessly to promote the role of women in the legal profession. She was the first woman president of the International Trademark Association and was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame. She received the first President’s Award from the International Trademark Association among many other awards. She passed away in January 2018.

Chicago Bar Foundation Interns

Lauren Cherney from University of Minnesota Law School, Ezra Lintner from Depaul University College of Law and Joel Mudd from University of Iowa College of Law are the Chicago Bar Foundation Interns serving at Legal Aid Society, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Cabrini Green Legal Aid, respectively. The funding for these Interns is generously provided to PILI by the CBF. Learn more about the CBF’s support of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program on their website.

Florence Miller Memorial Interns

Abigail Olson from University of Iowa College of Law and Bernardo Rocha from DePaul University College of Law are the Florence Miller Memorial Interns at the Center for Conflict Resolution and Community Law Project, 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

Mehgan Keeley from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Intern at LAF.  The ISBA Young Lawyers Division’s Children Assistance Fund has generously provided funding for this Intern, supporting direct legal services to, or on behalf of, poor, disenfranchised and underrepresented children.

Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern

Katherine Vega from Washington University School of Law is the Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern at the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU. 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

Jabreia Taylor of Saint Louis University School of Law and John Yeley of Southern Illinois University Law School are the Jerome Mirza Memorial Interns, serving at Land Of Lincoln Legal Aid in Alton and Prairie State Legal Services in Rock Island, 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

Ashley Chong 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.

LAGBAC Interns

Penny Driver from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Leslie Ting-Wei Lin from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Madison Wiegand from Washington University School of Law are the the LAGBAC (Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago) Interns at Chicago House & Social Service Agency, Howard Brown Health and Legal Council for Health Justice, respectively. 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.

Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern

Leslie Hill from DePaul University College of Law is the Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. 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.

O’Brien-Andersen Named Intern

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

PILI Alumni Named Intern

Natasha Wilkins from Michigan State University College of Law is this year’s PILI Alumni Named Intern at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. The PILI Alumni Named Internship is generously funded by donations from PILI Intern & Fellow Alumni across the country.

Polk Bros. Foundation Intern

Matthw McLawhorn from Northern Illinois University School of Law is the Polk Bros. Foundation Intern at Access Living. This Internship is sponsored by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the largest supporter of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program.

Retirement Research Foundation Intern

Amy Krivoshik from University of Wisconsin Law School is the Retirement Research Foundation Intern at the Center for Disability and Elder Law. Since 1979, the Retirement Research Foundation generously funds this Internship position at CDEL and supports projects that contribute to their vision of all older people being valued and respected as participants and contributors in community life.

Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Intern

Maria Morales from Depaul University College of Law is the Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Intern at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. 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

Nora Cygan from the DePaul University College of Law is the Ruth Ann Schmitt Legal Aid Intern, serving at Equip for Equality. 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.

United Airlines Named Internship

Austin Christmon from Florida A&M Univeristy College of Law is the United Airlines Named Intern at Equip For Equality. Since launching the Pro Bono & Community Service Program from Chicago headquarters in 2012, United attorneys have been working diligently to make a difference for those in need. United Airlines’ legal department has successfully developed programs with legal aid organizations working on a wide variety of issues.  More information about United Airlines can be found on their website.

Spring 2019 Named & Honorary Interns

Baker Mckenzie Intern

Natanya Pope-Sohel from Chicago-Kent College 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

Emma Garl Smith from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the 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.

LAGBAC Intern

Joby Celoza from University of Chicago 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

Joanna Martin Chicago-Kent 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 2018 Named & Honorary Interns

Andersen – O’Brien Intern

Bruce Winters from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2018 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

Lindsey Abboushi from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2018 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

Alice McElroy from the John Marshall Law School is the Fall 2018 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

Joby Celoza from the University of Chicago Law School is the Fall 2018 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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