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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 2021 Named & Honorary Interns

BRAD & TERRI LANE INTERN

Megan Warshawsky from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Brad & Terri Lane Intern at MALDEF. Brad & Terri fund a summer Internship stipend each year to make it possible for an aspiring attorney to help those who need assistance over the summer, 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.

CHICAGO BAR FOUNDATION INTERNS

McKenna Deutsch from University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, Karina Hayday from University of Illinois College of Law, and Annika Neilsen from Notre Dame Law School are the Chicago Bar Foundation Interns serving at Ascend Justice, Illinois Legal Aid Online, and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 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

Cara Sawyer from Loyola University Chicago 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

Mercedes Molina from University of Minnesota School of Law and Carolina Santillan from The UIC John Marshall Law School are the Florence Miller Memorial Interns at Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and Greater Chicago Legal Clinic, 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

David Faich from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Intern at Legal Counsel for Health Justice.  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

Alyssa Florack is the Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern at Environmental Law & Policy Center. This Internship is generously funded by the law firm of Brinks Gilson & Lione in honor of one of the firm’s named partners and longstanding member of PILI's Board of Directors, Jerome Gilson.

JEROME MIRZA MEMORIAL INTERNS

Keana Keao from Saint Louis University School of Law and Kristina Swarczewski from Mitchell Hamline School of Law are the Jerome Mirza Memorial Interns, serving at Land of Lincoln – Alton and Prairie State Legal Services – Rock Island, 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

Sarah Free from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the LAGBAC (Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago) Intern at ACLU of Illinois sponsored by Schiff Hardin, Dina Kostrow from University of Minnesota Law School is the LAGBAC Intern sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis at Lambda Legal, Sean McCormick from University of Illinois College of Law is the LAGBAC Intern sponsored by Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg at Legal Council for Health Justice, and Madeline Townsend from UIC John Marshall Law School is the LAGBAC Intern at Translegal at Chicago House & Social Service Agency. 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

Katia Cortes from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern at Legal Aid Chicago. 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

Junellie Marin from UIC John Marshall 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

Abigail Kauerauf from University of Illinois College of Law is this year's PILI Alumni Named Intern at Prairie State Legal Services - Bloomington. The PILI Alumni Named Internship is generously funded by donations from PILI Intern & Fellow Alumni across the country.

POLK BROS. FOUNDATION INTERN

Paul Tadross from University of Wisconsin Law School is the Polk Bros. Foundation Intern at BPI. This Internship is sponsored by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the largest supporter of PILI's Law Student Internship Program.

RETIREMENT RESEARCH FOUNDATION INTERN

Nicholas Rohm from University of Illinois College of Law is the Retirement Research Foundation Intern at the Center for Disability and Elder Law. Since 1979, the Retirement Research Foundation generously funds this Internship position at CDEL and supports projects that contribute to their vision of all older people being valued and respected as participants and contributors in community life.

ROSLYN C. LIEB HONORARY INTERN

Ray Alvarez from DePaul University College of Law is the Roslyn C. Lieb Honorary Intern at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. 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.

ZURICH NORTH AMERICA NAMED INTERN

Ashley Bishell from University of Michigan Law School 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 2021 Named & Honorary Interns

Baker Mckenzie Intern

Matthew Landry from DePaul University College of Law is the Baker McKenzie Intern at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA). 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

Joe Crawford from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at CARPLS. 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

MariaCarolina Gomez from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the LAGBAC (Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago) Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in their LGBT 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.

Mary C. Russo Memorial Intern

Jaylin McClinton from Chicago-Kent College of Law is the Mary C. Russo Memorial Intern at 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 2020 Named & Honorary Interns

O'BRIEN-ANDERSEN INTERN

Michael Abraham from University of Illinois College of Law is the Fall 2020 O’Brien-Andersen Named Intern at the Legal Aid Society. This Internship is generously funded by Judge Wayne R. Andersen (Ret.) and Justice Sheila M. O’Brien (Ret.) because of their strong commitment to public interest law and, specifically, to the work and mission of Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services.

BAKER MCKENZIE INTERN

Hasan Cetin from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is the Fall 2020 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

Lauryn Woodward from DePaul University College of Law is the Fall 2020 Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. 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

Fernanda Hererra Speiler from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2020 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.