Public Interest Law Initiative

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 2020 Named & Honorary Interns

Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern

Michael Abraham from University of Illinois College of Law is the Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Intern at Legal Aid Society. The Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial Internship is funded by the Francis Beidler Foundation to honor the memory of prominent Chicago litigator Alfred C. Tisdahl, who died in 2000.

Brad & Terri Lane Intern

Chauntay Parrish from Northern Illinois College of Law is the Brad & Terri Lane Intern at Cabrini Green Legal Aid. 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

Maryam Emory from Howard University School of Law, Kate Finch-Krantz from Loyola University School of Law and Angelys Torres from Drexel University Kline School of Law are the Chicago Bar Foundation Interns serving at Legal Council for Health Justice, the Center for Conflict Resolutaion and Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 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.

Florence Miller Memorial Interns

Sophie Honeyman from The UIC John Marshall Law School and Laura Schroeder from The UIC John Marshall Law School are the Florence Miller Memorial Interns at CARPLS and Equip for Equality, 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

Lauryn Woodward from DePaul University College of Law is the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Intern at Chicago Volunteer Legal Service.  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

Mitchell Seldal from The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law is the Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern at Legal Aid Chicago. 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 Intern

Abigail Kauerauf from University of Illinois College of Law is the Jerome Mirza Memorial Interns, serving at Prairie State Legal Services – Bloomington. 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.

Kimball & Karen Anderson Intern

Megan Osadzinski from DePaul University College of Law is the Kimball & Karen Anderson Intern at the Legal Council for Health Justice. Recognizing the important work of the Legal Council for Health Justice, specifically focusing on those impacted by AIDS/HIV, the Andersons generously provide annual Internship funding at this agency.

LAGBAC Interns

Samuel Gilbert from Rutgers Law School, Erin Murphy from The UIC John Marshall Law School and Jason Tyler Smith from University of Illinois College of Law are the the LAGBAC (Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago) Interns at Lambda Legal, Translegal at Chicago House & Social Service Agency and Legal Council for Health Justice, respectively. 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

Talia Grossman from DePaul University College of Law is the Nikki Will Stein Honorary Intern at Access Living. 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-Andersen Named Intern

Daihana Estrada from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the  O’Brien-Andersen Named Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center. This Internship is generously funded by Justice Sheila M. O’Brien (Ret.) and Judge Wayne R. Andersen (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

Ruben Bautista from Chicago-Kent College of Law is this year’s PILI Alumni Named Intern at The Shriver Center on Poverty Law. The PILI Alumni Named Internship is generously funded by donations from PILI Intern & Fellow Alumni across the country.

Polk Bros. Foundation Intern

Madison Wiegand from Washington University School of Law is the Polk Bros. Foundation Intern at Legal Aid Chicago. This Internship is sponsored by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the largest supporter of PILI’s Law Student Internship Program.

Retirement Research Foundation Intern

Georgie Bierwirth from DePaul University 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

Farzana Ahmed 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.

Ruth Ann Schmitt Legal Aid Intern

Carolyn Chen from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is the Ruth Ann Schmitt Legal Aid Intern, serving at Land of Lincoln – Champaign. The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois (LTF) is funding this Named Internship for five years in honor of Ruth Ann Schmitt, who retired in 2015 after 32 years as its Executive Director. LTF is the largest state-level funder of civil legal aid for the poor in Illinois, making grants to support non-profit organizations that provide a legal safety net for low-income people with desperate needs and nowhere else to turn.

Spring 2020 Named & Honorary Interns

Baker Mckenzie Intern

Nadia Woods from Loyola University Chicago School 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

Alexandra O’Hehir from The UIC John Marshall Law School is the Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at 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.

LAGBAC Intern

Joey Carrillo from Chicago-Kent College 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

Diana Arroyo from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Mary C. Russo Memorial Intern at Legal Aid Chicago. 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 2019 Named & Honorary Interns

O’Brien-Andersen Intern

Charlotte Coats from DePaul University College of Law is the Fall 2019 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

Shannon Bauer from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2019 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

Toni Coleman from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2019 Chicago Bar Foundation Intern at The Shriver Center on Poverty Law. 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

Diana Arroyo from Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the Fall 2019 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.

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