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.

View a preview of PILI’s 2019 Summer Educational Programming schedule » 

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

  • Annual Pro Bono Reception

    • June 19th, 2019 – 5:30 pm, at Ivy Room at Tree Studios

    PILI's Annual Pro Bono Reception celebrates the inspiring and life-changing pro bono work being done in Illinois through effective pro bono programs, innovative partnerships, and the unwavering dedication of individual attorneys and legal professionals. This event also supports the work of PILI's Pro Bono Program.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • June 26th, 2019 – 8:15 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.

  • Why the 2020 Census Matters and How You Can Help

    • July 2nd, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn about the daunting set of challenges facing the 2020 Census and how you as lawyers and law students can help ensure it be fair and accurate.

  • PILI Intern & Fellow Game Night

    • July 9th, 2019 – 5:00 pm, at McDermott Will & Emery LLP

    PILI Game Night will take place on Tuesday, July 9th from 5:00-7:00 p.m at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Get to know other PILI Interns and Fellows over board or card games.

  • Post-Grad Fellowships: From Pipe Dream to Project in Action

    • July 10th, 2019 – 3:30 pm, at 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.

  • Protecting Your Client from Violence and Harassment

    • July 18th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn about orders of protection, civil no contact orders, criminal remedies and other ways to protect your client from unwanted harassment.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 25th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    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.

  • Social Justice Strategies and the Power of Direct Representation, Policy Work and Impact Litigation

    • August 8th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    When considering the influence of public interest and pro bono attorneys, there are differences and intersections between direct representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy. Hear from attorneys from diverse backgrounds discuss their work, when certain types of legal tactics make the most sense, and the challenges that come up in the field. Speakers: John Bouman, President,...

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 13th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

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

  • PILI Alumni Reception: Welcoming the Newest Class of Alumni

    • August 15th, 2019 – 5:30 pm, at Chicago French Market

    PILI's Alumni Reception celebrates the lifelong commitment to service demonstrated by the Alumni as well as the amazing accomplishments of the most recent class of Interns and Fellows. 

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