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Named & Honorary Interns

PILI designates a number of Named and Honorary Interns each year, thanks to special funding commitments made by individual and organizational champions for public interest law. Learn more about funding a named or honorary Internship here »

Summer 2022 Named & Honorary Interns

CHICAGO BAR FOUNDATION INTERNS

Mahroosa Haideri from UIC School of Law, Akshay Krishnamani from University of Illinois School of Law, and Anna Selles from University of Michigan Law School serving at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Legal Aid Society, respectively. The funding for these Interns is generously provided to PILI by the CBF. Learn more about the CBF's support of PILI's Law Student Internship Program on their website.

Christopher J. Horsch Memorial internship

Fionna Ek from University of Minnesota School of Law is the Christopher J. Horsch Memorial Intern at Center for Conflict Resolution. Christopher Horsch was a dedicated champion for access to justice and supporter of PILI, serving on the PILI’s Board of Directors for several decades.  Through the generosity of Christopher’s friends, family and colleagues, PILI was able to establish the Christopher J. Horsch Memorial Internship to provide important funding for PILI Interns.

FLORENCE MILLER MEMORIAL INTERNS

Sepideh Sanie and Adam Heusinkveld from UIC School of Law are the Florence Miller Memorial Interns at Illinois Legal Aid Online and Legal Council for Health Justice, respectively. Florence Miller, who passed away in 2008, was well-known in the international trademark law community and a strong advocate for women in the profession. Through Florence Miller’s generosity, PILI was able to establish the Florence E. Miller Endowment Fund to provide much-needed funding for Interns.

ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION INTERN

Lydia Fuchs from Saint Louis University School of Law is the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Intern at Land of Lincoln's East St. Louis office.  The ISBA Young Lawyers Division's Children Assistance Fund has generously provided funding for this Intern, supporting direct legal services to, or on behalf of, poor, disenfranchised and underrepresented children.

JEROME GILSON HONORARY INTERN

Lia Raves is the Loyola University Chicago School of Law at Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts. This Internship is generously funded by the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP in honor of one of the firm’s former named partners and longstanding member of PILI's Board of Directors, Jerome Gilson.

JEROME MIRZA MEMORIAL INTERNS

Lisa Sharpe from Northern Illinois University School of Law and Dakota Richmond from University of Illinois College of Law are the Jerome Mirza Memorial Interns, serving at Land of Lincoln – Alton and Prairie State Legal Services – Peoria, respectively. These Internships are funded directly by the Jerome Mirza Foundation in Bloomington, IL. Jerome Mirza, a 1963 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, was a leader in the field of trial advocacy and in the legal profession throughout his long career.

LAGBAC INTERNS

Sophia Weaver from University of Michigan Law School at Lambda Legal, Anne Daly from Loyola University Chicago School of Law at Legal Council for Health Justice, and Sebastián Ramírez from Notre Dame Law School at Translegal at Chicago House are the 2022 LAGBAC Interns. The LAGBAC Foundation’s mission is to improve access to the legal and judicial system for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed and questioning persons by giving law students the opportunity to learn valuable, practical legal skills while giving back to our community.

NIKKI WILL STEIN HONORARY INTERN

Samantha Myers-Dineen from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern at Ascend Justice. This Internship is generously funded by the Polk Bros. Foundation in honor of its long-serving immediate past Executive Director and member of PILI's Board of Directors, Nikki Will Stein.

O'BRIEN NAMED INTERN

Katherine Johnson from University of Michigan Law School is the O'Brien Named Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center. This Internship is generously funded by Justice Sheila M. O’Brien (Ret.), supporting the work of the National Immigrant Justice Center providing access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

PILI ALUMNI NAMED INTERN

Mercedes Molina from University of Minnesota School of Law is this year's PILI Alumni Named Intern at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. The PILI Alumni Named Internship is generously funded by donations from PILI Intern & Fellow Alumni across the country.

POLK BROS. FOUNDATION INTERN

Erin Granger from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Polk Bros. Foundation Intern at Access Living. This Internship is sponsored by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the largest supporter of PILI's Law Student Internship Program.

JUSTICE THOMAS L. KILBRIDE HONORARY INTERN

Melissa West-Castillo from Northwestern University School of Law at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Ryan Ortiz from UIC School of Law at Greater Chicago Legal Clinic, Estefany Sanabria from DePaul University School of Law at Legal Aid Chicago, and Sarah Brickson from University of Minnesota School of Law at The Immigration Project are the 2022 Justice Thomas L. Kilbride Honorary Interns. Funded by the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois in honor of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Tomas Kilbride, this Named Internship is intended to highlight law students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

ROSLYN C. LIEB HONORARY INTERN

Tai Martin from DePaul University College of Law is the Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Intern at Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing. Funded by individual donors as well as PILI Board Members, the Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Internship honors the work and career of Roslyn C. Lieb, a former PILI Executive Director.

ALFRED TISDAHL MEMORIAL INTERN

Mallory Meade from University of Illinois School of Law is the Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern at ACLU of Illinois. A longtime supporter of PILI, the Francis Beidler Foundation funds the Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Internship to honor the memory of prominent Chicago litigator Alfred C. Tisdahl.

ZURICH NORTH AMERICA NAMED INTERN

Nouh Tekle from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Zurich North America Named Intern at Equip for Equality. This Named Internship is generously funded by Zurich North America. Zurich North America, a provider of insurance products and services to businesses and individuals, is sponsoring this Named Internship to support their belief that investing in a law student’s future through a PILI Internship naturally complements their legal team’s pro bono work.

Spring 2022 Named & Honorary Interns

BAKER MCKENZIE INTERN

Montana Birringer from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Baker McKenzie Intern at Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Baker McKenzie has a longstanding commitment to ensuring access to justice for all of those in need, and funding a school-year Internship placement at Cabrini Green Legal Aid through PILI further supports this tradition of service.

CHICAGO BAR FOUNDATION INTERN

Gabriel Spellberg from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing. As the charitable arm of the CBA, the Chicago Bar Foundation brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone.

LAGBAC INTERN

Benjamin McAdams from DePaul University College of Law is the LAGBAC (Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association) Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center. The LAGBAC Foundation’s mission is to improve access to the legal and judicial system for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed and questioning persons by giving law students the opportunity to learn valuable, practical legal skills while giving back to our community.

BRAD & TERRI LANE INTERN

Emma Knight from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Brad & Terri Lane Intern at CARPLS. Brad & Terri fund an Internship stipend to make it possible for an aspiring attorney to help those who need assistance, and to assist that person in becoming a difference maker in legal aid, public interest, or pro bono service over the course of their professional career.

MARY C. RUSSO MEMORIAL INTERN

MariaCarolina Gomez from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Mary C. Russo Memorial Intern at the ACLU of Illinois. This Internship is funded by Mary’s children to honor the memory of their mother who died in 2014. Mary was the consummate volunteer, contributing to her community in many ways, including forming the Office of Volunteer Resources for her city, Virginia Beach, Virginia. She served as Director of this office for 37 years, and also chaired many volunteer initiatives focused on education, mental health, drug abuse, and the court system, among others.

Fall 2021 Named & Honorary Interns

BAKER MCKENZIE INTERN

Jihan Dubose from University of Illinois College of Law is the Fall 2021 Baker McKenzie Intern at the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL). Baker McKenzie has had a special relationship with CDEL for decades, with many lawyers at the firm serving on CDEL’s Board of Directors and generously donating their time and talent on dozens of legal matters for CDEL clients. Funding a school-year Internship placement at CDEL through PILI further supports their important work.

CHICAGO BAR FOUNDATION INTERN

Sarah Ryan from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2021 Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at Greater Chicago Legal Clinic. As the charitable arm of the CBA, The Chicago Bar Foundation brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. Learn more about the CBF’s support of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program on their website.

LAGBAC INTERN

Elvis Saldias from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2021 LAGBAC (Lesbian And Gay Bar Association of Chicago) Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in their LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Initiative. The LAGBAC Foundation’s mission is to improve access to the legal and judicial system for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed and questioning persons by giving law students the opportunity to learn valuable, practical legal skills while giving back to our community.