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

  • Joint First 10 & PILI Happy Hour

    • July 24th, 2019 – 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 25th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    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.

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

    • July 31st, 2019 – 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 Justice Strategies and the Power of Direct Representation, Policy Work and Impact Litigation

    • August 7th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 300

    When considering the influence of public interest and pro bono attorneys, there are differences and intersections between direct representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy. Hear from attorneys from diverse backgrounds discuss their work, when certain types of legal tactics make the most sense, and the challenges that come up in the field. Speakers: John Bouman, President,...

  • American Constitution Society’s How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges

    • August 8th, 2019 – 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".

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 13th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at John Marshall Law School, Room 300

    PILI Alumni will share insights and practical advice from their own experiences about how to make pro bono fit into a busy professional life.

  • PILI Alumni Reception: Welcoming the Newest Class of Alumni

    • August 15th, 2019 – 5:30 pm, at Chicago French Market

    PILI's Alumni Reception celebrates the lifelong commitment to service demonstrated by the Alumni as well as the amazing accomplishments of the most recent class of Interns and Fellows. 

  • CVLS Race Judicata 5K

    • September 12th, 2019 – 6:30 pm, at Southern Lincoln Park

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to join PILI at Race Judicata®, a 5K Run/Walk benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation in their mission to ensure that the law works for everyone.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 4th, 2019 – 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.

  • Annual Pro Bono Reception

    • June 17th, 2020 – 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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