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 2020 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

  • Understanding Illinois’ Child Protective System

    • July 15th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Each year, the Illinois’ Department of Child and Family Services investigates thousands of cases of abuse and neglect. Learn about the legal implications for parents and their children when they become part of an investigation and what reforms may be on the horizon.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 22nd, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    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.

  • Community Lawyering

    • August 5th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Community lawyering is an umbrella term for collaborative, community-based approaches to legal services. Hear attorneys discuss different approaches to working closely with communities to make legal services more readily available and accessible to low-income and underserved people.

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 11th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    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’s YPB Arcade for Legal Aid

    • August 26th, 2020 – 6:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    PILI’s Young Professionals Board hosts this annual fundraiser to support PILI's programs and introduce other young professionals to PILI's mission.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 2nd, 2020 – 11:30 am, at Palmer House Hilton

    PILI's Annual Awards Luncheon brings together nearly 500 members of the Illinois legal community every year to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of the countless lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations who dedicate themselves to providing legal assistance to those in need.

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