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 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

  • Spring Educational Seminar

    • March 15th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at Foley & Lardner

    Police Accountability and Justice Reform Our criminal justice system is deeply flawed and reform is possibly the most pressing social justice issue of our time. BPI’s Director of Justice Reform, Adam Gross, discusses his organization’s effort to create systemic change. Speakers: Adam Gross, Justice Reform Director, BPI Lunch will provided. Please bring your ID for...

  • PILI’s YPB Arcade for Legal Aid

    • April 3rd, 2019 – 5:30 pm, at Hi-Point Game Lounge

    PILI’s Young Professionals Board is a group dedicated to empowering PILI through fundraising and by serving as PILI’s ambassadors in their communities. They host this annual fundraiser to support PILI's programs and introduce other young professionals to PILI's mission.

  • Spring Intern Reception

    • April 17th, 2019 – 5:30 pm, at Theory Bar

    The Alumni Network Leadership Council welcomes Spring PILI Interns to a reception recognizing and celebrating the important work they did to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need.

  • 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.

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