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Alumni Spotlights

PILI Alumni Spotlight: Alberto M. Benítez, 1985 Law Student Intern

“To me, lawyers exist to help people who need help. The ‘haves’ are always going to do okay, but there are a lot of people who are in need. In our society, lawyers can play a critical role.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Lorie Chaiten, 1985 Graduate Fellow

“My experience as a PILI Fellow gave me the opportunity to see impact litigation in a legal services setting first hand. Most importantly, it introduced me to some of the leading social justice litigators in Chicago.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Jenna Silver, 2015 Law Student Intern

“I loved being surrounded by so many people who care deeply about the greater good.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Brian Davis, 2015 Graduate Fellow

“My PILI Graduate Fellowship helped me develop a relationship with a legal aid organization that has given me a platform to continue investing my time and making a difference in my community.”

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2015 Distinguished PILI Intern Alumni Award: Cynthia Cornelius

“Cynthia is making a significant contribution to developing a new generation of future lawyers who understand their responsibility to extend legal services to some of our most vulnerable members of society and to do so with a generous heart.”

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2015 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Jordan Heinz

“Jordan treats each pro bono client as special. He connects with his clients and does his very best for them. Jordan is, without a doubt, the kindest, most sincere, dedicated PILl Alumnus doing pro bono work today.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Amanda Walsh, 2015 Law Student Intern

“In five, ten, fifteen years and beyond, I plan to continue serving and fighting for this vulnerable population and I am so thankful to PILI for helping me start my career.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Schultes, 2015 PILI Graduate Fellow

“I can say with certainty that my experience as a PILI has had a positive impact on my law school experience, and on my choices about where to work upon graduation.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: April Faith-Slaker, 2006 Law Student Intern

“It was very humbling to be put in the position where people were looking to me for help, and having the responsibility to then figure out how I could best help them.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Jajah Wu, 2010 Graduate Fellow

“The work I did through my PILI Fellowship gave me the tools to start off on the right foot in my legal career. More importantly, my work as a PILI gave me an internal compass, and a sense that I was truly making a difference in the lives of the children I served.”

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