Students were surprised by how emotional clients were during our calls or the text of the PILI questions. Multiple students commented on how hearing these stories helped put into perspective their loss of internships and other changes in law school plans.
The Illinois General Assembly will be reconvening this week to begin final budget negotiations. Please contact your state legislators as soon as possible and urge them to protect the civil legal aid appropriation in the FY 21 budget. Our advocacy tool makes it quick and easy.
At our organization, we define justice through a racial equity lens. Our voting rights works is laser-focused on eliminating barriers to voting and civic participation, especially in communities of color and low-income communities, and we use a community-informed strategy to drive our advocacy. For us, justice is denied when any number of voters is improperly turned away from the polls.
This is a guest post from PILI Alum Elise Robie, Staff Attorney at the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL), where she coordinates the Stopping Adult Financial Exploitation (S.A.F.E.) Program for the CDEL. S.A.F.E. provides advocacy, representation, community outreach for adults experiencing financial exploitation and educational programming to representatives to prevent and protect clients […]
With PILI’s assistance and leadership, we have made strides in meeting the needs of those who would not otherwise have a voice in the legal system.
“We at PILI are committed to our mission to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community. We would love for you to be a part of that journey”.
This is a guest post from outgoing PILI Board of Directors President, Brad Lane. Brad is an intellectual property litigator and shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione.
Illinois is home to somewhere near 1 million veterans, active duty service members, members of the national guard, and spouses and dependents of the same. Illinois is also home to the most comprehensive statewide network of civil legal service providers dedicated to assisting that population in the country.
“Being a member of the YPB has both given me an even greater insight into the incredible importance of legal aid, and highlighted the other opportunities available for non-public-interest lawyers to support the tireless work being done by public interest lawyers across the state.”
People with disabilities are more likely to experience sexual violence than people without disabilities. In a recent special series, NPR called sexual assault of people with intellectual disabilities an “epidemic no one talks about.”