Public Interest Law Initiative

Fellow Evaluation & Service Tracking FAQ

What are Service Tracking Forms?

PILI requires Fellows to complete a service tracking form to report on the types of work you are doing and the clients you are serving at your agency this summer and fall. We will send it out at the end of summer, in August. Fellows’ specific start and end dates vary – some of you are performing all or most of your service in the fall – so please fill out this form once your Fellowship is complete.

Why does PILI require Service Tracking Forms?

PILI uses the information from service tracking forms for two purposes: to help us improve our Fellowship Program and to inform our funders about the program’s impact. Having complete and accurate reports helps us secure funding for this program in the future.

What specifically will I be asked to report?

Service tracking forms ask you to report on the following items:

Direct Legal Services, the provision of legal services by an attorney directly to a client or group of clients, typically including long-term engagement by the client for assistance with the legal issue or matter. Direct Legal Services may include representing a client in court proceedings or negotiating on behalf of a client with another party.

Brief Legal Services, the provision of legal services by an attorney who does not represent the client or take over the entire case, but performs specific services such as appearing at one hearing, or providing legal advice at a legal help desk or through a hotline.

Other legal work, such as legal or policy research and writing, drafting and reviewing legislation, lobbying, class actions and impact litigation, field investigation, and community outreach.

Number of clients to which you provided direct or brief services during the given time frame and type of clients: women, children, people of color, people with disabilities, seniors, LGBTQ, or community groups.

To help you track your clients, PILI created a Client Service Tracking Sheet (pdf). This is an optional tool to help you keep track of the work you do and clients you serve, and to help you provide accurate feedback to PILI about the work you did during your Fellowship.

What is the Graduate Fellowship Program Evaluation?

The Fellowship Program evaluation will be sent in August, though if you do not plan to complete your Fellowship until later in the fall, please wait until your Fellowship is over before filling it out. Your honest and thoughtful responses to this evaluation will help us learn more about your experience and provide future Fellows with a meaningful and educational Fellowship experience. We thank you in advance for your prompt response.

Of course, if you are having any problems or issues with your Fellowship that you would like PILI to address immediately, don’t wait for us to send out an evaluation – please contact us as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or problems during your Fellowship, please contact Program Associate Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

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