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PILI Spotlight: New Board of Directors’ Alumni Representatives

PILI is excited to welcome Isabelle Rosado and Paul Drake-Stockard to our Board of Directors as our new Law Student Intern and Graduate Fellow Alumni Representatives. Each year, PILI selects representatives from the most recent class of Interns and Fellows to serve on the board for a two-year term. Isabelle is a 2L at University of Illinois Chicago School of Law and did her PILI Law Student Internship at CARPLS. Paul is an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group at Sidley Austin LLP and did his 2023 Graduate Fellowship at Ladder Up.

Isabelle Rosado

2L, University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
2023 Law Student Intern

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

Since my PILI Internship has concluded, I have started an externship at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. I am in the felony trial division at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. I have recently applied for my 711 license and hope to get practical experience litigating motions, pre-trial detention hearings, and trials.

What was your favorite thing about being a PILI Intern?

This past summer, I was a PILI Intern at CARPLS, where I advised clients over the Cook County Legal Aid Hotline. My favorite thing about being a PILI Intern was being able to speak with and interview a total of 135 clients, while furthering my education in weekly seminars. Speaking with so many individuals allowed me to have a better understanding of the everyday issues Cook County residents face and receive feedback from clients regarding accessibility to the courts. The weekly seminars hosted by PILI focused on a variety of topics from tips on interviewing clients and steps to take for expungements, to advice for applying for future jobs and fellowships. I believe these seminars focused on core skills that could be used by all interns in their fields and taught me about agencies outside of my respective placement.  

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

From attending a private catholic high school to being the community service chair for my pre-law fraternity in undergrad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, service has always played a large role in my life. Service is important because it brings the community together as one to combat complex, systemic issues. I believe that to move forward, we need to help those who are most vulnerable or less fortunate. As for my career, my work at Metropolitan Family Services and CARPLS both focused on providing services to the community, which included legal help, access to vaccines, resource fairs, and holiday toy giveaways. This past year, I organized a coat drive at UIC Law School through the Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) for migrants coming to Chicago and was able to raise over 165 coats for families facing snow for the first time. In the future, I expect to dedicate my career to service because it gives me a sense of purpose, community, and provides equal access to justice.

Paul Drake-Stockard

Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
2023 Graduate Fellow

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

I began my legal career at Sidley Austin LLP as an Associate in the Financial Institutions group. I’m also continuing to serve PILI as a Graduate Fellow Representative on PILI’s Board of Directors. Finally, I’m serving as a Representative on Ladder UP’s Associates Board.

What was your favorite thing about being a PILI Fellow?

I really enjoyed the opportunity to understand and appreciate the community of Chicago. My Fellowship afforded me the privilege of interacting with and helping people who are largely responsible for making Chicago among the best places worldwide. These people are under appreciated and often overlooked. It was an honor to pursue their definitions of justice on their behalf.

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

The legal profession is a selfless trade. We make a commitment to serve upon taking our oath. Everyday is an opportunity to make a positive difference, large or small, in the lives of others or within my community. To approach any day with a mindset to the contrary is the type of selfishness that the profession, the oath I’ve taken, and the hard work I’ve put in thus far precludes. The law is a means; justice is the end. And I’ll pursue it with a commitment to service for as long as I can.

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