Public Interest Law Initiative

PILI Educational Seminar Series

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Are you a law student intern or fellow serving in the Chicago area this summer?

You’re invited to attend PILI’s Educational Seminar Series. These weekly lunchtime seminars start in early June and run through the beginning of August. They focus on 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. All law student interns and fellows are invited to attend, regardless of whether you receive PILI funding. 

See a list of upcoming events. For those serving in an Internship or Fellowship outside of Chicago or during the school year, PILI also webcasts most of our seminars and maintains an online archive of past seminars.

Fill out the below form to receive updates about seminars. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Fernandez by email or by phone 312-832-5127.

Upcoming PILI events open to all public interest law student interns and fellows:

  • Protecting Your Client from Violence and Harassment

    • July 18th, 2019 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn about orders of protection, civil no contact orders, criminal remedies and other ways to protect your client from unwanted harassment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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