Thank You to the Outgoing Chair of our Alumni Network Leadership Council, Martin Cozzola

PILI is grateful to Marty Cozzola who has been serving as Chair of our Alumni Network Leadership Council for the last year.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on Black History Month

This month, PILI connected with two PILI Alumni for their reflections on Black History Month. We are honored to spotlight Vanessa Weathersby and Natanya Pope-Sohel.

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PILI Welcomes New Alumni Class Representative Vanessa Weathersby

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) is proud to announce Vanessa Weathersby as the newest Alumni Class Representative. She will serve as the Intern Representative for the 1986-1990 Class, succeeding Charles Wintersteen in the role.

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Militza M. Pagán, Staff Attorney at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law

As Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month ends and we approach Pro Bono Week, PILI was honored to interview PILI Alum Militza Pagán, a staff attorney with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, to highlight her impactful work throughout the state of Illinois.

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: David Scriven-Young, 2003 PILI Fellow

Every time I attend a PILI meeting, I am inspired by my colleagues and am reminded of my own commitment to do pro bono work. Second, PILI meetings and events are fun — great people and interesting conversations.

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Usama Ibrahim, 2020 Graduate Fellow

To watch clients in tears, and to be in tears with them, celebrating a professional and personal victory is an unparalleled reminder that this work matters. That it will forever matter. That we have a responsibility, regardless of sector and seniority, to commit some of our time to public service and to aid those who are less privileged than ourselves.

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Gabriel Lara, 2020 Graduate Fellow

“My commitment to services is deeply rooted in my life and career. I have often sought out opportunities to give back to vulnerable communities through nonprofit work. Now, as an attorney, I look forward to continuing this important work through pro bono opportunities.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Diana Arroyo, 2020 Intern

“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.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Ruben Bautista, 2020 Intern

“As a PILI Intern, I have been able to join a cohort of so many great friends that are passionate about using the legal tools we have gain during law school to provide representation to communities that have limited access to legal representation.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Davina DiPaolo, 2019 Law Student Intern

“Justice means access and equality for all.”

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