Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI’s 40th Anniversary Awards Gala

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) | 40th Anniversary and Awards Fundraiser Dinner

On November 30, 2017,  Illinois legal community celebrated PILI’s 40 years of service in the legal profession at our 40th Anniversary Awards Gala. We are so grateful to our event sponsors and table hosts, attendees, and donors who made the 40th Anniversary Awards Gala our most successful fundraiser ever.

We raised over $360,000, including just over $40,000 at the event itself, to support our programs and kick off the next 40 years of service.

View photos from the event »

Watch the videos shown at the Gala on our YouTube Channel »

Meet the 2017 Award Recipients »

SAVE THE DATE! In 2018, PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton. Learn more »

About the Event

This special event was held in place of PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon in 2017 to mark PILI’s 40th Anniversary. Our Annual Awards Luncheon brings together over 500 members of the Illinois legal community every year to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of the countless lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations who dedicate themselves to providing legal assistance to those in need. As with the luncheon, our 40th Anniversary Awards Gala featured several awards to acknowledge those whose work epitomizes the ideals of service, fairness, and justice, including the Distinguished Service Award, the Pro Bono Initiative Award, and two PILI Alumni Awards. The event also featured a conversation with Christina M. Tchen.

If you would like additional information about this very special celebration or how to support PILI, please contact Executive Director Michael Bergmann by e-mail or by phone at 312-832-5129.

Venue: Palmer House Hilton

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