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 Belinda Bing by email or by phone 312-832-5127.

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

  • Restorative Justice in Chicago

    • June 19th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn about an innovative approach to address the problems of crime and human conflict that incorporates the values of accountability and reconciliation between offenders and victims.

  • Intern & Fellow Service Day: Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

    • June 23rd, 2018 – 8:00 am, at Richard J. Daley Center

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to Volunteer on Team PILI at Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon with Interns and Fellows and other PILI Alums.

  • From You to Your Online Presence to Your Vote: Equality in 2018

    • June 28th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Hear from several attorneys working to advance equality in 2018, including disability, LGTBQ and gender equality advocates as well as those working to protect privacy and voting rights in 2018.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • July 3rd, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

  • Joint First 10 & PILI Happy Hour

    • July 10th, 2018 – 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 11th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at John Marshall Law School, Room 300

    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.

  • American Constitution Society’s Fifteenth Annual Supreme Court Term in Review

    • July 13th, 2018 – 12:00 pm, at Mayer Brown LLP

    The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, PILI, the ACLU of Illinois, and Mayer Brown LLP present the Annual Supreme Court Term in Review.

  • Fellowship: From Pipe Dream to Project in Action

    • July 19th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Two agency supervisors and the fellows whose project they green-lighted dive deep into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship, moderated by a law school career counselor.

  • Social and Economic Impact of Transactional Pro Bono Work

    • July 31st, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    From applying for federal tax exemption to drafting start-up documents, transactional pro bono work plays a critical role in community and business development. Learn how your transactional pro bono assistance to nonprofits and other community groups can make an impact from an individual to macro level.

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 8th, 2018 – 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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