Public Interest Law Initiative

Current PILI Fellows

Below is a list of the 2019 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 over 80 Graduate Fellows providing more than 24,000 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 Brinks Gilson & Lione:

  • Michelle Song from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Sponsored by Jenner & Block:

  • Leah Garner from University of Chicago Law School at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Christina Lopez from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Roger Baldwin Foundation – ACLU
  • Michael Linden from Yale University at Uptown People’s Law Center
  • Vaughn Olson from University of Illinois College of Law at Roger Baldwin Foundation – ACLU

Sponsored by Jones Day:

  • Morgan Govatos from Ohio State University at Legal Aid Society
  • Megan Ryan from University of Michigan Law School at Center for Conflict Resolution

Sponsored by Katten Muchin Rosenman:

  • Mallory Abel from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Jack West from Washington University School of Law at Loyola University Business Clinic

Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP:

  • Margaret Adams from Notre Dame Law School at Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • Jack Amaro from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at Loyola University Tax Law Center
  • George Boden from Washington University School of Law at Loyola University Business Clinic
  • Peter Candel from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Daniel Carlomany from Harvard Law School at Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  • Kelsey Chetosky from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Center for Conflict Resolution
  • Michael Ellenberger from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Equip for Equality
  • Deborah Farmer from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Federal Defender Program
  • Barry Frett from University of Chicago Law School at Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Daniel Fuglestad from Columbia Law School at Center for Economic Progress
  • Blake Gibney from University of Illinois College of Law at Equip for Equality
  • Xaviere Giroud from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Equip for Equality
  • Jason Grover from University of Chicago Law School at Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Christian Huehns from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Taylor Imperiale from University of Chicago Law School at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
  • Karla Mardueño from Howard University School of Law at MALDEF
  • Jim Montelongo from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Loyola University Community Law Center
  • Melissa Moreno from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Puja Narain from University of Chicago Law School at Equip for Equality
  • Stephen Rees from University of Michigan Law School at LAF
  • Chadney Rogers from Loyola University Chicago School of Law at James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • Camil Sanchez-Palumbo from New York University School of Law at LAF
  • Lisa Santaniello from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Michael Smith from University of Michigan Law School at MacArthur Justice Center
  • Megan Smith Richardson from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy
  • Vanessa Stephens from Howard University School of Law at Loyola University Health Justice Project
  • Charlie Sterrett from Notre Dame Law School at CARPLS
  • Alexander Straka from University of Wisconsin at John Marshall BELAW Clinic
  • Ashley Surinak from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at Legal Aid Society
  • Benjamin Vizvary from Loyola University Chicago School of Law at Loyola University Business Clinic

Sponsored by Latham & Watkins:

  • Ellen Fischer from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC)
  • Henna Jalal from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Legal Council for Health Justice (CMLPC)
  • Ana Karnaze from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic

Sponsored by Mayer Brown LLP:

  • Olivia Altmayer from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at US Department of Housing & Urban Development – Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Jessica Purohit from The Joh n Marshall Law School at Equip for Equality

Sponsored by McDermott Will & Emery:

  • Soffia Kuehner Gray from University of Illinois College of Law at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Sponsored by Reed Smith:

  • Coco Arima from DePaul University at John Marshall Pro Bono Program
  • Betul Serbest from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • Arthur Surratt from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Legal Aid Online

Sponsored by Schiff Hardin:

  • Sarah Lode from Indiana University Maurer School of Law at John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic

Sponsored by Sidley Austin:

  • Christopher Bardof-Barnes from University of Michigan Law School at Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice
  • Wondha Cadet from University of Chicago Law School at Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
  • Orlando Cosme from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at MacArthur Justice Center
  • William Cowles from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law at Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • Jonathan Dussik from University of Chicago Law School at LAF
  • Lee Farnsworth from University of Chicago Law School at Lambda Legal
  • Jordan Keeton from Harvard Law School at Loyola University Business Clinic
  • Karl Kingma, from University of Chicago Law School at Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Han Lee from Harvard Law School at Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
  • Perry Lumpkin from Columbia Law School at CARPLS
  • Christa Nipper from University of Michigan Law School at Community Law Project
  • Ngozi Osuji from University of Chicago Law School at Young Center for the Rights of Immigrant Children
  • Tamara Sonenshein from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at Chicago-Kent Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
  • Megan Svedman from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at LAF
  • Adrienne Tarver from Columbia Law School at BPI
  • Andre Washington from University of Chicago Law School at Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization
  • Christian Wyse from University of Chicago Law School at Chicago Legal Clinic
  • James Deiotte from DePaul University at Loyola University Tax Law Center
  • Bridget Murphy from Notre Dame Law School at Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
  • Josh Sandler from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Loyola University Tax Law Center

Sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP:

  • Shenna Johnson from Howard University School of Law at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Katerina Kokkas from University of Chicago Law School at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP:

  • Joseph Anderson from University of Illinois College of Law at Equip for Equality
  • Theresa Barton from Notre Dame Law School at Family Defense Center
  • Jordan Bucci from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Prairie State Legal Services – Wheaton
  • Anna Easter from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Center for Economic Progress

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