Public Interest Law Initiative

Intern 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 mid-August. Starting in the spring, you can RSVP for these Seminars at the links below. Attendance counts towards your 400 hour requirement. We hope you will be able to join us!

  • For all law student interns: All law student interns in the Chicago area are invited to attend many of the PILI Educational Seminars, even if you do not receive funding through PILI. If you’re a law student intern in Chicago this summer and you would like to receive updates about PILI’s Educational Seminars that are open to all, sign up here.
  • For interns 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.

See a full list of the 2017 Summer Educational Seminar Series »

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

Upcoming events for PILI Interns

  • PILI Intern and Fellow Orientation

    • June 1st, 2017 – 10:00 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    PILI's Law Student Intern and Graduate Fellow Orientation provides a valuable learning experience, establishing a solid foundation for its Interns and Fellews from which they can better serve clients and the organizations at which they work this summer.

  • PILI Intern and Fellow Daley Center Tour

    • June 5th, 2017 – 9:00 am, at Richard J. Daley Center

    PILI's Law Student Intern and Graduate Fellow Orientation experience a tour of the Richard J. Daley Center, where many Interns and Fellows will go to civil court over the summer, as well as explore the Cook County Law Library and offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

  • Parentage, Divorce, Custody and Child Support in Illinois

    • June 7th, 2017 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This seminar will highlight the significant changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and the Parentage Act that recently went into effect, impacting parentage, divorce, and child custody as well as the overhaul of the Illinois child support formula which is set to take effect on July 1.

  • How to Interview Your Legal Aid Client

    • June 13th, 2017 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn strategies to interview low-income clients in a variety of settings as well as the tools needed to elicit information needed to assist them, including questioning techniques, approaches to make the client feel comfortable, and how to structure the interview.

  • How to Be an Effective Advocate: A View from the Bench

    • June 20th, 2017 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    A panel of judges will share their expectations and suggestions for new attorneys to be effective advocates, and will discuss the role attorneys play in addressing the access to justice gap.

  • Annual Pro Bono Reception

    • June 21st, 2017 – 5:30 pm, at The 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 Initiative Program.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • June 28th, 2017 – 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.

  • PILI Outing: Chicago White Sox v. New York Yankees

    • June 29th, 2017 – 7:10 pm, at White Sox Stadium

    Enjoy a fun night at a baseball game with PILI Interns, Fellows & Alumni. PILI will have a limited number of complimentary tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be open as long as tickets are available. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact Program Manager Brent Page...

  • What You Need To Know About Vicarious Trauma

    • July 6th, 2017 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn how to become aware of the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and practical tips you can utilize to promote self-care.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 12th, 2017 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This seminar features a panel of dedicated public interest law attorneys who will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law.

View all upcoming Intern events »

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