Public Interest Law Initiative

Fellow Seminars & Events

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PILI offers a weekly Educational Seminar Series that focuses on substantive legal topics, career development strategies and skill building relevant to public interest law. This weekly lunchtime series starts in early June and runs through the beginning of August. Starting in the spring, you can RSVP for these Seminars at the links below. Attendance counts towards your 300 hour requirement. We hope you will be able to join us!

  • For all fellows: All interns & fellows in the Chicago area are invited to attend many of the summer Educational Seminars, even if you do not receive funding through PILI. Learn more and sign up for updates »
  • For Fellows outside of Chicago: PILI also webcasts most of our seminars and maintains an online archive of past seminars. See specific events below for details on webcasting.

Check out a preview of PILI’s 2018 Summer Educational Programming »

Please contact PILI Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128 with any questions or for more information about our educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Fellows

  • Intern & Fellow Service Day: Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

    • June 23rd, 2018 – 8:00 am, at Richard J. Daley Center

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to Volunteer on Team PILI at Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon with Interns and Fellows and other PILI Alums.

  • From You to Your Online Presence to Your Vote: Equality in 2018

    • June 28th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Hear from several attorneys working to advance equality in 2018, including disability, LGTBQ and gender equality advocates as well as those working to protect privacy and voting rights in 2018.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • July 3rd, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 11th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at John Marshall Law School, Room 300

    This seminar features dedicated public interest law attorneys who will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law. Panelists will include attorneys who have experience in legal aid and government, and with judicial clerkships and post-graduate fellowships.

  • American Constitution Society’s Fifteenth Annual Supreme Court Term in Review

    • July 13th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at Mayer Brown LLP

    The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, PILI, the ACLU of Illinois, and Mayer Brown LLP present the Annual Supreme Court Term in Review.

  • Fellowship: From Pipe Dream to Project in Action

    • July 19th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Two agency supervisors and the fellows whose project they green-lighted dive deep into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship, moderated by a law school career counselor.

  • American Constitution Society’s How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges

    • July 20th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, PILI and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP presents "How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges".

  • Social and Economic Impact of Transactional Pro Bono Work

    • July 31st, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    From applying for federal tax exemption to drafting start-up documents, transactional pro bono work plays a critical role in community and business development. Learn how your transactional pro bono assistance to nonprofits and other community groups can make an impact from an individual to macro level.

  • Intern & Fellow Reception

    • August 2nd, 2018 – 5:30 pm, at Theory Bar

    The Alumni Network Leadership Council welcomes all 2018 PILI Interns & Fellows to a reception recognizing and celebrating the important work they did this summer to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need. Advisors will also be invited, and this will be one last scheduled opportunity to connect.

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 8th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at John Marshall Law School, Room 300

    PILI Alumni will share insights and practical advice from their own experiences about how to make pro bono fit into a busy professional life.

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