Public Interest Law Initiative

Intern Seminars & Events

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As a PILI Intern, your education doesn’t just happen at your agency. PILI organizes a series of weekly educational seminars for Interns over the summer, covering a range of hard skills and substantive law topics related to public interest law and pro bono. We also discuss career development ideas for law students interested in public interest law. Additionally, each fall and spring, we host educational programs for school-year PILI Interns. Attendance counts towards your hour requirement.

  • For all law student interns: All law student interns 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 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.

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 educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Interns

  • 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.

  • Joint First 10 & PILI Happy Hour

    • July 10th, 2018 – 5:00 pm, at Tradition

    Learn more about this network of engaged Chicago public interest lawyers by connecting with its members, other PILI Interns and PILI Alumni!

  • 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".

  • Evaluation Session: How Can We Make the Internship Experience Better?

    • July 25th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Interns are invited to share their experiences and provide feedback on PILI’s Law Student Internship Program.

  • 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.

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