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Introducing the 2023 Intern & Fellow Representatives to our Alumni Network Leadership Council

PILI is excited to welcome Clayton Kovich and Adia Brantley to our Alumni Network Leadership Council as the 2023 Intern and Fellow Alumni Representatives. Each year PILI selects representatives from the most recent class of Interns and Fellows to serve on the Council for a two-year term.

Clayton is a 1L at Chicago-Kent College of Law was a PILI Law Student Intern in the summer of 2023 at Legal Council for Health Justice working on their Homeless Outreach project. Adia is an associate at Sidley Austin and was a PILI Graduate Fellow in 2023 at Loyola University’s Business Law Clinic.

Clayton Kovich

1L, Chicago-Kent College of Law
2023 Law Student Intern

What have you been up to since your PILI Internship concluded?

Since my PILI Internship concluded. I worked as an extern for the Honorable Judge Ronald F. Bartkowicz in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. I am currently working with a small personal injury firm assisting with two multi-million dollar medical malpractice cases. In May I will be starting as a summer associate for Greenberg Traurig. Since completing my PILI internship, I have been serving as a board member for the PILI Alumni Council, where I also assist with the Alumni Engagement Team.

What was your favorite thing about being a PILI Intern?

My favorite thing about being a PILI intern was the people I worked with and the exposure to what working for a public interest organization is really like. During my internship I was able to take on a lot of responsibility and get exposure to what being an attorney at a public interest organization entails. I was fortunate to be mentored by outstanding attorneys and have been able to build lasting relationships with lawyers I really look up to as a result of my PILI internship.

How has your commitment to service played a role in your life and career?

My commitment to service is what drove me to pursue a career in law. I had a previous career as a Forensic Psychologist, treating people who were incarcerated in New York City. I always wanted to do something that was in service of others, and that pursuit is really what has determined a lot of the decisions I have made professionally and personally. It is very exciting, as I learn more and progress in my career, to see how much positive impact I can have in the community around me.

Adia Brantley

Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
2023 Graduate Fellow

What have you been up to since your PILI Fellowship concluded?

I am currently practicing at Sidley Austin LLP as an associate attorney. I advise clients across diverse industries on a range of technology, intellectual property, and life sciences issues. As an associate at Sidley, I specialize in mergers and acquisitions/private equity (M&A/PE), with a particular focus on life sciences, technology transactions, and emerging companies & venture capital (EC/VC).

What was your favorite thing about being a PILI Fellow?

My favorite thing about being a PILI Fellow was the opportunity help diverse entrepreneurs bring their ideas into life, and providing legal services to those who need it most. One of the most rewarding aspects of my experience with PILI was being able to witness the profound impact it has on individuals’ lives. There’s nothing quite like seeing the sigh of relief on someone’s face when their company’s forms are filed, knowing that they are one step closer to achieving their dreams and securing a brighter future for themselves and their families. My experience with PILI helped me affirm my commitment to diversity and pro-bono work which underscores the values I hold dear – inclusivity, equity, and social responsibility.

How has your commitment to service played a role in your life and career?

My commitment to service has played an integral role in my life and career, as I aim to give back on a continuous basis. I would not be where I am today if I didn’t have people pour into me. As a result of the efforts of my support system, I always try to pour into others when the opportunity comes. Also, I make an intentional effort to demonstrate my commitment through maintaining an active pro bono practice.

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