PILI is excited to welcome Diana Arroyo to our Alumni Network Leadership Council as the 2020 Law Student Intern Alumni Representative. Each year, PILI appoints one Intern and one Fellow from the most recent class to serve on the Council for a two-year term. Diana Arroyo is a student at Loyola University College of Law. She was a 2019 Intern at National Immigrant Justice Center and a 2020 Intern at Legal Aid Chicago.
What have you been up to since your PILI Internship concluded?
Since my two PILI Internships, during the fall 2020 semester, I continued to do public interest work by doing a judicial externship at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District. Currently, I advocate on behalf of children in abuse and neglect proceedings and in custody disputes through Loyola’s Civitas ChildLaw Clinic.
What was your favorite thing about being a PILI Intern?
My favorite part of being a PILI Intern was the opportunity to join a community of law students and attorneys passionate about public interest and creating meaningful change within the multiple systems that impact vulnerable Chicago residents. My experience as an Intern directly led me to want to continue to be involved within PILI’s Alumni Network.
How has your commitment to service played a role in your life and career?
Service has given my career purpose. I think in law school, because of all the work and stress, it’s easy to lose focus of why we chose this career but engaging in direct client representation through public interest work has allowed me to remember why I came to law school—to make justice accessible to everyone.