Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI Welcomes 2018 Interns and Fellows at Full-Day Orientation

Posted on: June 5, 2018

On Thursday, May 31st, PILI welcomed summer 2018 PILI Law Student Interns and Graduate Fellows. Over 80 Interns and Fellows came to the John Marshall Law School to learn how to better serve their clients and organizations this summer.

The program would not have been possible without the help of PILI Alumni, professors and public interest law attorneys presenting several sessions throughout the day. Topics included working with legal aid clients, how to be an effective advocate, interviewing your legal aid client and making the most of your Internship & Fellowship.

During the lunchtime session, Interns and Fellows met some of PILI’s Alumni and were welcomed into the PILI Alumni Network by Emily Seymore, the Chair-Elect of the Alumni Network Leadership Council as well as PILI Board President Brad Lane.

At the end of the day, the PILI Alumni Network joined for a CLE about Vicarious Trauma and the Importance of Self-Care. The program was followed by a reception where the summer 2018 PILIs were able to network with PILI Alumni and board members.

The next Monday, a group of students joined PILI Program Manager Brent Page on a tour of the Daley Center. This tour also included the Cook County Law Library and offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Thank you to all who participated and contributed to the fruitful discussions throughout the day. Also, special thanks to the John Marshall Law School for hosting this program and all our subsequent Educational Seminars throughout the summer.

We hope these programs will better prepare our Interns and Fellows for their summer positions as well as their lifetime of public interest law and pro bono service.

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