PILI Intern & Fellow Orientation (Virtual)

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Each year, PILI hosts an orientation for Interns and Fellows to kick-off the summer. This program serves as an introduction to the Illinois legal aid community and some of the struggles your clients face as well as the impact you can have. We also focus on developing practical skills that will be useful this summer and throughout your career.

This virtual program is only open to all Illinois Interns and Fellows, and advance registration is required.

Summer 2021
PILI Intern & Fellow Orientation Agenda

Each year, PILI hosts an orientation for Interns and Fellows to kick-off the summer. This program serves as an introduction to the Illinois legal aid community and some of the struggles your clients face as well as the impact you can have. We also focus on developing practical skills that will be useful this summer and throughout your career.

9:30 a.m.    How to Interview Your Legal Aid Client
Learn strategies to interview low-income clients in a variety of settings and tools for eliciting information needed to assist them such as questioning techniques, approaches to make the client feel comfortable, and how to structure the interview.

10:30 a.m.  Helping Ourselves to Help Others: Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma
It is common for those working with clients who have experienced traumatic life events to also bear an emotional impact from the exposure to hearing the client’s stories and witnessing the client’s pain and fear. Learn how to become aware of the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and practical tips you can utilize to promote self-care to help you become a better advocate for your client.

BREAK

1:30 p.m.    Conflict Management
Conflict in the courtroom (and even the workplace) may be unavoidable. Gain insights, tools, and techniques on how best to manage disputes and create meaningful resolutions.

2:30 p.m.    Making the Most of Your Internship & Fellowship

PILI Alumni will share tips and best practices to maximize your Internship or Fellowship experience and beyond.


Please register below by Wednesday, June 2nd. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact Sophia Vagnone by email or by phone at 312-832-5127.