Public Interest Law Initiative

Intern Seminars & Events

News Post

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. A link will be posted to sign up for updates as the summer approaches.
  • 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.

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: Hot Topics in Legal Aid

    • March 2nd, 2018 – 11:45 am, at Foley & Lardner

    Public interest lawyers are often at the forefront of social justice issues. Hear from attorneys at organizations working on current issues and find out how law students can get more involved. This is part of PILI’s Educational Seminar Series for spring PILI Interns. Lunch will be provided. Please bring your ID for security. Advance registration is required by...

  • Spring Intern Reception

    • April 4th, 2018 – 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 this fall to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need.

  • PILI YPB’s Arcade for Legal Aid

    • May 2nd, 2018 – 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. In 2018, they will be hosting their inaugural fundraiser to raise money to support PILI's programs.

  • PILI Intern and Fellow Orientation

    • May 31st, 2018 – 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.

  • Annual Pro Bono Reception

    • June 20th, 2018 – 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 Initiative Program.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 5th, 2018 – 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.

View all upcoming Intern events »

Stay Connected. Sign Up For Our Newsletter: