Public Interest Law Initiative

Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Opportunities

Sponsored by PILI, Phi Alpha Delta and the Chicago Area Law School Consortium (CALSC)

Looking to secure a position at a public interest law organization or in the government sector during law school or for your career? This program is for Chicago-area law students who are interested in learning more about opportunities as volunteers, interns or externs, fellows or staff at public interest law organizations and in the government sector. This program is free for law students but advance registration is required by October 9th. Register below »

Program Agenda

8:30 – 9:00: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00: The Agency Supervisor Perspective: Securing & Making the Most of Public Interest Law Opportunities

Hear from a variety of public interest law organizations about the range of internships, externships, fellowships and pro bono opportunities available with these organizations. You will also hear tips on finding and applying for these positions, suggestions for cover letters, resumes and interviewing, and strategies for making the most of the experience once you secure one of these positions.

  • Carol Ashley, Vice President of Advocacy, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • Beth Johnson, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  • Olga Pribyl, Vice President, Equip for Equality
  • Kate Shank, Supervising Attorney, LAF

10:00 – 10:30: Building Professional Relationships to Last a Lifetime

You’ve heard about networking and you know that it is important. Maybe you have even done it. But do you know how to do it effectively? Learn practical tips from an expert in relationship building and networking to assist you in your career now and into the future.

Jacqueline J. Loewe, Founding Partner, Sheridan Park Consulting

10:45 – 12:15: Public Interest Law Speed Networking Session

This session will provide you with an opportunity to meet and speak with lawyers who have served as PILI Law Student Interns, Equal Justice Works Fellows, Skadden Fellows, AmeriCorps VISTAs, government attorneys, and judicial law clerks. They will share their experiences in these positions, tips for applying to and securing such placements, and the impact of such placements on their public interest law careers.

  • Graham Bowman, The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (EJW Fellow)
  • Alex Campbell, former clerk for the US District Courts of Eastern Louisiana and Northern Illinois (PILI Intern)
  • Kate Pomper, Office of the Illinois Attorney General (PILI Intern)
  • Shareese Pryor, Staff Attorney, LAF (Skadden Fellow)
  • Kevin Zickterman, Pro Bono Training & Engagement Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online (AmericorpsVISTA)

Recommended Attire: Business Casual

Venue: Chicago-Kent College of Law

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