As the Deputy Public Guardian in charge of the adult guardianship division of the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, Charles Golbert has made public service a focal-point of his career for the past 23 years. Charles credits his PILI Fellowship for introducing him to a career in public interest law. “It’s fair to say that I owe my career to PILI,” he states.
At its meeting on July 24, 2014, the PILI Board of Directors elected several new directors to its board, including two who were former PILI Graduate Fellows. Those Alumni who were elected to serve were David Callahan of Latham & Watkins LLP and David Scriven-Young of Peckar & Abramson P.C.
Each year, PILI’s Alumni Network Leadership Council organizes service projects in partnership with PILI’s Participating Agencies to maintain the connection between PILI’s and the public interest law community. We are excited to share details with you about the following opportunities and events and we hope you will join us!
“There are different ways to measure success. We always think of financial measures, but fulfillment is important too. Doing pro bono work is what helps me feel fulfilled as a lawyer.”
“It is truly an honor to work with great people and know that many of our most vulnerable neighbors here in Chicago, who would otherwise be at great risk of homelessness, are now on a better path because of the services we provide.”
“My Fellowship made it quite clear to me that pro bono is an essential component of my day to day life and that it is possible to balance pro bono in an otherwise busy schedule.”
“I think it is important that everyone get involved and help end bullying, but I believe lawyers are in the best position to make a difference. Our profession has a history of making a difference and changing the nation for the better of all its people. The legal profession needs to take the next step in ending bullying.”
Reena, a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, bears the special distinction of being a not just a PILI Alumna, but a “double PILI,” having served as both a PILI Intern at CVLS and a PILI Fellow at the ACLU of Illinois.
We are so grateful to our PILI Alumni and friends for a fun and successful Order ON the Court last week! We had a great turn-out, and funds raised through event and raffle ticket sales went to support the PILI Alumni Named Internship Campaign.