Public Interest Law Initiative

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities for Law Students (St. Louis)


Looking to secure a legal aid, public interest law or government position during or after law school? This program is for law students who are interested in learning more about placements as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the public interest law sector.

More info about 2017 and an agenda will be available soon.

2016 Agenda

9:45 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast

Network with other law student attendees and enjoy light refreshments.

10:00 a.m. – Opening Session & Keynote Address

  • Welcome & Overview: Sharion Scott, 2L at Washington University Law and Jim Guest, Career Strategist & Employer Relations, Center for Career Development, Washington University Law
  • Keynote Address: Honorable Richard B. Teitelman, Supreme Court of Missouri

10:20 a.m. – Panel Presentation: Opportunities in the Public Interest Sector

Panelists from a cross-section of the public interest law sector described their career paths, talked about the rewards and challenges of a public interest law career, and offered suggestions about how to best pursue your path within the public interest law sector.

  • LaTasha Barnes, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Alton Office
  • Douglas Finer, US Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Katherine Ledden, Law Clerk to the Honorable Noelle C. Collins, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Jo Anna Pollack, Simmons Law Firm

11:30 a.m. – Planning & Structuring Your Public Interest Job Search

This panel presentation will provide in-depth explanations of the application processes and deadlines for PILI Law Student Internships and Graduate Fellowships, Skadden Fellowships, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, judicial clerkships and other public interest-focused jobs.

  • Michael G. Bergmann, Executive Director, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • Robert Boedeker, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • Michael Martinich-Sauter, Former Federal Clerk, Attorney at the James Otis Law Group
  • W. Pat Mobley, Skadden Fellow, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • Sharion Scott, 2016 PILI Law Student Intern

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

Lunch was provided for attendees.

12:45 p.m. – Putting Your Best Self Forward: Tips for Cover Letters, Resumes & Interviewing

During this session, attendees heard from hiring managers at legal aid programs and government offices, and for judicial clerkships with insights on how to present themselves  in the best possible light when applying for positions in the public interest law sector.

  • Clarissa Gaff, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Alton Office
  • Rick Kroeger, Missouri Public Defenders
  • Aaron Levinson, City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office
  • Adam J. Poe, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Illinois Attorney General
  • Erika Zaza, St. Louis City Law Department

1:45 p.m. – Networking Session

This session provided an opportunity in a small group setting to talk directly with members of the public interest law community, to ask questions and to further explore your career options within the public interest law sector.

PLEASE NOTE: The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast being available from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Business casual attire is recommended.

Advance registration is required by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 21st. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact PILI Administrative Assistant Belinda Bing by email or by phone at 312-832-5127.

PILI will host another Explore the Possibilities program at Chicago-Kent College of Law on Saturday, October 14th.

Venue: Washington University School of Law

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