Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI Welcomes Nine Fall Semester Law Student Interns

Posted on: October 23, 2018

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 60 Internship allocations. This includes 9 Interns this fall, 8 in spring 2019 and 43 in summer 2019. 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.

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


Bruce Winters from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2018 Andersen-O’Brien Named Intern at the Legal Aid Society. This Internship is generously funded by Judge Wayne R. Andersen (Ret.) and Justice Sheila M. O’Brien (Ret.) because of their strong commitment to public interest law and, specifically, to the work and mission of Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services.


Lindsey Abboushi from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2018 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.


Alice McElroy from The John Marshall Law School is the Fall 2018 Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. 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 on their website.


Joby Celoza from The University of Chicago Law School is the Fall 2018 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 Interns and where they will be working this semester »

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