Public Interest Law Initiative

Current PILI Fellows

Below is a list of the 2018 Graduate Fellows. Through the PILI Graduate Fellowship Program, new associates at Chicago law firms spend 300 hours between graduation and joining their firm working at public interest law organizations in Illinois. This year, there are 75 Graduate Fellows providing a total of 22,500 hours of legal services to people, families and communities in need.

If you have any questions, please contact PILI Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

Sponsored by Baker McKenzie:

  • Devin Muntz from The University of Chicago Law School at National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Nidhi Narielwala from Washington University School of Law at Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois
  • Collin Stich from University of Illinois College of Law at Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

Sponsored by Chapman & Cutler LLP:

  • Ally Nicol from University of Minnesota Law School at Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest
  • Lauren Rushing from Loyola University Chicago School of Law at Equip for Equality
  • Natasha Serafin from Loyola University Chicago School of Law at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Matthew Stuart from University of Illinois College of Law at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

Sponsored by Dykema Gossett, PLLC:

  • So Young Lee from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at Cook County Office of the Public Guardian

Sponsored by Foley & Lardner LLP:

  • Abigail Van Hook from University of Illinois College of Law at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

Sponsored by Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.:

  • Karim Popatia from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic

Sponsored by Jenner & Block LLP:

  • Sara Kim from The University of Chicago Law School at Young Center for the Rights of Immigrant Children
  • Emma O’Connor from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at MacArthur Justice Center
  • Hope Tone from University of Notre Dame Law School at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
  • Chloe Holt from Harvard Law School at MacArthur Justice Center in Washington D.C.

Sponsored by Jones Day:

  • Jonathan Gordon from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at LAF
  • Jeffrey Messing from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at MacArthur Justice Center
  • Michelle Smit from University of Notre Dame Law School at Equip for Equality

Sponsored by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP:

  • Katie O’Brien from Vanderbilt Law School at Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • Lisa Wiznitzer from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic

Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP:

  • Lindsey Blum from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Cassandra Burns from Vanderbilt Law School at Family Defense Center
  • Paul Cozzi from University of Pennsylvania Law School at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
  • Cameron Custard from DePaul University College of Law at Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois
  • Zoe Dixon from University of Michigan Law School at Loyola University Business Clinic
  • Shanan Essick from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Center for Conflict Resolution
  • Stephanie Goldkopf from Indiana University Maurer School of Law at Center for Economic Progress
  • Shannon Gonyou from University of Michigan Law School at Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • Will Hardwicke from Yale Law School at the Federal Defender Program
  • Irene Hickey Sullivan from University of Chicago Law School at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Ellen Horne from University of Michigan Law School at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Matthew Hutchinson from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Center for Economic Progress
  • Nolan Leuthauser from DePaul University College of Law at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • Sarah Loiselle from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Illinois Legal Aid Online
  • Alexander McCammon from University of Pennsylvania at the US Department of Housing & Urban Development – Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Danielle O’Neal from DePaul University College of Law at CARPLS
  • Curt Ostosh from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Center for Conflict Resolution
  • Anna Peckjian from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Loyola University Tax Law Center
  • Marisa Pogofsky from DePaul University College of Law at Legal Aid Society
  • Daniel Shearer from The University of Chicago Law School at Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
  • Scott Shermetaro from University of Virginia at Loyola University Business Clinic
  • Vinita Singh from University of Iowa College of Law at Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice
  • Lauren Skerrett from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Lawndale Christian Legal Center
  • Andrew J. Townsell from New York University School of Law at Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Gia Velasquez from Harvard Law School at Loyola University Business Clinic
  • Allanah Wynn from Howard University School of Law at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • Eric Zhi from The University of Chicago Law School at Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP:

  • Emily Halter from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Joyce Li from The University of Chicago Law School at Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship

Sponsored by Mayer Brown LLP:

  • Jarrett Doe from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Illinois Legal Aid Online
  • Joseph Hawkins from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Citizen Advocacy Center
  • Megan Richard from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic

Sponsored by McDermott Will & Emery:

  • Connor Menneto from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Brigid O’Keeffe from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic

Sponsored by Reed Smith LLP:

  • Stephanie Gerstetter from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at CARPLS
  • Margaret Lundeen from John Marshall Law School at John Marshall Business Enterprise Law Clinic

Sponsored by Schiff Hardin LLP:

  • Christopher Gerardi from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at John Marshall Fair Housing Clinic
  • Ariel Hairston from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at BPI

Sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP:

  • Phillip Acevedo from The University of Chicago Law School at MALDEF
  • Nicholas Behrens from University of Wisconsin Law School at University of Wisconsin Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Xenia Chiu from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
  • Daniel Cohen from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at LAF
  • Joseph Heinz from DePaul University College of Law at Loyola University Tax Law Center
  • Ross Kloeber from University of Notre Dame Law School at Equip for Equality
  • Andrew Krebsbach from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Alyssa Lattner from University of Pennsylvania at Legal Council for Health Justice
  • Kathleen Martini from The University of Chicago Law School at LAF
  • Evan Saunders from University of Iowa College of Law at Loyola University Business Clinic
  • Erin Schumacher from University of Iowa College of Law at Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Rebecca Shafer from Harvard Law School at Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois
  • William Soule from University of Chicago Law School at BPI
  • Olivia Sullivan from Loyola University Chicago School of Law at Loyola University Community Law Center
  • Gabrielle Winslow from Harvard Law School at LAF

Sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP:

  • Monica Kociolek from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Eric Schanowski from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Equip for Equality
  • Michael Stern from University of Iowa College of Law at Chicago Legal Clini
  • Steven Wittenberg from University of Illinois College of Law at the Community Law Project

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