Pro Bono Is the Key to Expanding Access to Our Courts

This article, written by PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann and PILI Program Manager Brent Page, originally appeared as a feature on www.americanbar.org. 

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Pilar G. Mendez, 2018 Law Student Intern

“I have focused my career thus far on people and worked on issues and policy areas aimed at improving access to care and closing the justice gap. Though I am still in school, my commitment to service is inherent in everything I do.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Irene Hickey Sullivan, 2018 Graduate Fellow

“Although I have only been an attorney for a few months, I have prioritized making pro bono service a consistent component of my practice.”

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Mark P. Rotatori Elected to Public Interest Law Initiative Board Of Directors

“As a director on PILI board, I hope to be able to make a difference in the lives of those in need by making access to legal services a priority.”

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Encouraging Pro Bono Throughout the Firm: Highlights from the 2019 Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable

On February 13th, representatives from Illinois law firms met at the offices of Baker McKenzie for PILI’s Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable where they discussed ways to encourage pro bono volunteerism throughout their firms. Topics included harnessing momentum for pro bono, onboarding for pro bono, making the case for pro bono to partners, and exploring innovative pro bono models.

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Chapman and Cutler Adopt February Legal Prep Community Law Clinic

Thank you to the volunteers from Chapman and Cutler who volunteered together at the Legal Prep Community Law Clinic in February! They assisted two clients with legal issues such as adult guardianship and adoption.

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Increased Grant from LAGBAC Funds Three New Internships

PILI is extremely grateful to the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association Foundation (LAGBAC) for new funding that will allow PILI to open three new summer Internship allocations in Summer 2019. 

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Report on PILI’s Fall 2018 Interns

This is a report on the Fall 2018 Interns including the type of work they did, the clients they served and their impact. It also includes evaluation data on their experience with PILI.

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Sean Morales-Doyle

“I knew when I went to law school that I wanted to get involved in public interest work. I wasn’t sure what that meant or what I wanted to do. PILI gave me an opportunity to explore different opportunities.”

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2018 Distinguished Intern Alumni Award: Adam Gross

“It’s Adam’s deep personal commitment to justice that powers his incredible work as an advocate, leader, organizer, and mentor. His contributions in police accountability, affordable housing, and justice reform are making a real difference in the lives of people across Chicago and the region.”

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