Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI Welcomes Eight Fall Semester Law Student Interns

Posted on: September 28, 2017

PILI is excited to welcome eight fall Law Student Interns who will work 200 hours during the semester at legal service agencies in Chicago.

In total, PILI will fund its largest number of Law Student Interns over the next year, with a total of 59 Internship allocations. This includes 8 Interns this fall, 8 in spring 2018 and 43 in summer 2018. Learn more »

In addition to funding these Interns, PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and provides extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities. This program helps Interns launch successful public interest law careers while also helping the Intern’s agency increase their impact.

Three of the fall Internship placements are made possible by special funding commitments from organizational champions for public interest law:

Baker McKenzie Intern

Hannah Nguyen from The John Marshall Law School is the fall 2017 Baker McKenzie Intern at the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL). Baker McKenzie has had a special relationship with CDEL for decades, with many lawyers at the firm serving on CDEL’s Board of Directors and generously donating their time and talent on dozens of legal matters for CDEL clients. Funding a school-year Internship placement at CDEL through PILI further supports their important work.

Chicago Bar Foundation Intern

Colin Pochie from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the fall 2017 Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at LAF. As the charitable arm of the CBA, The Chicago Bar Foundation brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. Learn more about the CBF’s support of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program »


Irma Gonzalez from Valparaiso University Law School is the fall 2017 LAGBAC (Lesbian And Gay Bar Association of Chicago) Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in their LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. The LAGBAC Foundation’s mission is to improve access to the legal and judicial system for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed and questioning persons by giving law students the opportunity to learn valuable, practical legal skills while giving back to our community.

Click here to see the full list of Fall 2017 Interns and where they will be working this semester »

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