Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI Welcomes Nine Fall Semester Law Student Interns

Posted on: September 25, 2019

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

PILI will grant $333,000 to fund 64 Law Student Interns at 30 public interest law organizations across Illinois during the 2019-20 academic year and the summer of 2020. 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:


Charlotte Coats from DePaul University College of Law is the Fall 2019 Andersen-O’Brien Named Intern at the Legal Aid Society. This Internship is generously funded by Justice Sheila M. O’Brien (Ret.) and Judge Wayne R. Andersen (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.


Shannon Bauer from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2019 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.


Toni Coleman from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2019 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.


Diana Arroyo from Loyola University Chicago School of Law
is the Fall 2019 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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