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.

View a preview of PILI’s 2019 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 educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Interns

  • PILI Intern & Fellow Orientation

    • May 30th, 2019 – 9:30 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Each year, PILI hosts a full-day orientation for PILI Interns and Fellows to kick-off the summer. This program serves as an introduction to the Illinois legal aid community and some of the struggles your clients face as well as the impact you can have. We also focus on developing practical skills that will be useful this summer and throughout your career.

  • PILI Intern & Fellow Daley Center Tour

    • June 4th, 2019 – 9:30 am, at Richard J. Daley Center

    PILI Law Student Interns and Graduate Fellows will get to tour the Richard J. Daley Center, where many of them will go to civil court over the summer. This tour will also include the Cook County Law Library and offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Please note, space is limited. Please check your schedule and register only if you are committed to attend.

  • How to Interview Your Legal Aid Client

    • June 6th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

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

  • Helping Ourselves to Help Others: Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

    • June 12th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn how to become aware of the sign and symptoms of vicarious trauma and practical tips you can utilize to promote self care to help you become a better advocate for your client.

  • PILI Alumni, Interns and Fellows Service Project at YMCA

    • June 17th, 2019 – 3:30 pm, at Lawson House YMCA

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to volunteer with PILI Alums as well as the 2019 class of Interns and Fellows at Lawson House, serving meals to low-income or formerly homeless men and women.

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

    • June 18th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School

    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 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.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • June 26th, 2019 – 8:15 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.

  • Why the 2020 Census Matters and How You Can Help

    • July 2nd, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn about the daunting set of challenges facing the 2020 Census and how you as lawyers and law students can help ensure it be fair and accurate.

  • PILI Game Night

    • July 9th, 2019 – 5:00 pm, at McDermott Will & Emery LLP

    PILI Game Night will take place on Tuesday, July 9th from 5:00-7:00 p.m at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Get to know other PILI Interns and Fellows over board or card games.

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