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Every year, PILI presents several awards to acknowledge lawyers and legal programs whose dedication to service, fairness, and justice inspires us and makes us proud.

PILI's Annual Awards

  • The Distinguished Public Service Award honors an individual whose commitment to public interest work has shaped a career dedicated to service.
  • The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize one former PILI Intern and one former PILI Fellow for outstanding contributions of public interest and/or pro bono work. Not sure if someone is PILI Alum? Email us to confirm.
  • The Pro Bono Initiative Award acknowledges a single entity for its significant pro bono work in the community.

Nominations for our 2022 annual awards will open in the summer. Our 2022 recipients will be announced in the fall and will be honored at our 45th Anniversary Awards Gala on Thursday, December 1st. Please contact PILI's Executive Director Michael Bergmann at 312-832-5129 or by email with any questions.