PILI Alumni Spotlight: Nidhi Narielwala, 2018 Graduate Fellow

“My PILI Fellowship was the perfect start to my career after law school. It gave me valuable insight into the hardships faced by indigent and minority communities when dealing with the judicial system.”

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Volunteers from Ropes & Gray Assist Clients at Legal Prep Community Law Clinic

They assisted low-income clients with legal issues including adoption, HIPAA, adult guardianship and foreclosure.

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Pro Bono Is the Key to Expanding Access to Our Courts

This article, written by PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann and PILI Program Manager Brent Page, originally appeared as a feature on www.americanbar.org. 

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Pro Se May Be a Solution, But it’s Also a Symptom: A Response to The Atlantic’s “The DIY Divorce”

This post is a response to the recent “DIY Divorce” article appearing in The Atlantic.

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Pilar G. Mendez, 2018 Law Student Intern

“I have focused my career thus far on people and worked on issues and policy areas aimed at improving access to care and closing the justice gap. Though I am still in school, my commitment to service is inherent in everything I do.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Irene Hickey Sullivan, 2018 Graduate Fellow

“Although I have only been an attorney for a few months, I have prioritized making pro bono service a consistent component of my practice.”

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Mark P. Rotatori Elected to Public Interest Law Initiative Board Of Directors

“As a director on PILI board, I hope to be able to make a difference in the lives of those in need by making access to legal services a priority.”

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Encouraging Pro Bono Throughout the Firm: Highlights from the 2019 Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable

On February 13th, representatives from Illinois law firms met at the offices of Baker McKenzie for PILI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable where they discussed ways to encourage pro bono volunteerism throughout their firms. Topics included harnessing momentum for pro bono, onboarding for pro bono, making the case for pro bono to partners, and exploring innovative pro bono models.

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Chapman and Cutler Adopt February Legal Prep Community Law Clinic

Thank you to the volunteers from Chapman and Cutler who volunteered together at the Legal Prep Community Law Clinic in February! They assisted two clients with legal issues such as adult guardianship and adoption.

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Increased Grant from LAGBAC Funds Three New Internships

PILI is extremely grateful to the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association Foundation (LAGBAC) for new funding that will allow PILI to open three new summer Internship allocations in Summer 2019. 

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