September PILI Post

PILI kicks of its new fiscal year this month in high gear and we’ve got lots of exciting announcements, upcoming events and pro bono opportunities to share!

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PILI to Fund $333,000 in Public Interest Law Student Internship Grants in 2020

PILI will grant $333,000 to fund 64 Law Student Interns at 30 public interest law organizations across Illinois during the 2019-20 academic year and the summer of 2020. PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with public interest law agencies in Illinois and pays them for their work.

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PILI Welcomes Jessica Schneider as 2019-2020 Alumni Network Leadership Council Chair

“The PILI Alumni are more than a network, it’s a community of people supporting each other.”

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PILI Welcomes Steven Trubac as 2019-2020 Young Professionals Board Chair

“I am extremely proud to be serving on this board of young professionals who all have a deep commitment and passion for being there.”

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Reed Smith Attorney Volunteer at Legal Prep Community Law Clinic

Thank you to attorneys from Reed Smith LLP who volunteered at PILI’s Legal Prep Community Law Clinic in September! They spent the evening assisting low-income clients with legal issues including minor guardianship, landlord-tenant dispute and decedent’s estate.

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Law Firm Leaders Discuss Increasing Pro Bono at Peoria Summit

On September 11th, the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee held a summit for members of the judiciary, law firm leaders and other pro bono stakeholders met to discuss how to increase pro bono participation at their firms.

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Read the August 2019 PILI Post

Read all about the exciting things happening at PILI this month.

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PILI Elects Three New Board Members

At their July 2019 meeting, the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) board elected three new members with terms to start at the beginning of FY2020 on September 1, 2019 including Kimberly Barton of JPMorgan Chase, Melissa Picciola of Legal Aid Chicago and Trisha Rich of Holland & Knight.

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Support PILI with a Donation this Summer

Please make a donation today so that, together, we can fulfill our vision of making equal access to justice a reality for all.

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IBF, ILAO & PILI Announce Changes to Illinois Free Legal Answers

After establishing this project in Illinois in 2017 and building a solid foundation for its future, ILAO will transition the state administrator role for the site to PILI as of August 1, 2019. At that time, PILI will take over the day-to-day operations of the site including volunteer recruitment, management and training with the help of funding from the IBF.

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