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Current PILI Fellows

Below is a list of the 2022 Graduate Fellows. Through the PILI Graduate Fellowship Program, new associates at Chicago law firms spend 300 hours between graduation and joining their firm working at public interest law organizations in Illinois.

If you have any questions, please contact PILI Senior Managing Attorney Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

Sponsored by Jenner & Block:

  • Christopher Blythe from University of Michigan Law School at Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest
  • Kaiwen Luan from University of Arizona Law School at Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • Michael Pearson from Harvard Law School at Legal Aid Chicago
  • Nicholas John from University of Michigan Law School at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Sponsored by Katten Muchin Rosenman:

  • Kyle Davis from Washington University School of Law at Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts
  • Mia Hayes from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Legal Aid Online

Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis:

  • Jonathan Blake from Harvard Law School at Loyola University Tax Law Center
  • Ashton Dubey from University of Michigan Law School at Legal Aid Chicago - Immigrant & Worker's Rights
  • Iza Graham from University of Michigan Law School at Loyola University Health Justice Project
  • Caitlin Kierum from University of Michigan Law School at Triage Cancer
  • Jennifer Mancini from Cornell Law School at the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • EJ Morera from University of Chicago Law School at MALDEF
  • Katherine Nagley from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
  • Zachary Piech from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Ladder Up
  • Gabrielle Reardon from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Immigration Project
  • Justin Sheehan from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at UIC Law Veterans Legal Clinic
  • Christopher Smiciklas from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Malia Taqbeem from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Andrew White from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • Lexi Wung from University of Michigan Law School at James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Sponsored by Latham & Watkins:

  • Mariah Levy from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Alexandra Van Doren from University of Michigan Law School at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Sponsored by Mayer Brown LLP:

  • Gabriela Chavez Barrientos from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Ascend Justice
  • Tyler Nellis from Notre Dame Law at CARPLS
  • Sofia Orelo from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at MacArthur Justice Center
  • Tishyra Randell from University of Illinois College of Law at ACLU of Illinois
  • Ty Zhang from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at US Department of Housing & Urban Development - Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Sponsored by Reed Smith:

  • Cory James Lane from University of Illinois College of Law at UIC Law Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic
  • Taylor Marcusson from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic

Sponsored by Sidley Austin:

  • James Akinleye from Washington University School of Law at BPI
  • Brandon Bryer from University of Cincinnati College of Law at Greater Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Alexandra Green from University of Chicago Law School at Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
  • JJ Jahania from Loyola University Chicago School of Law at Loyola University Business Clinic
  • Max Lupin from Harvard Law School at Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts
  • Joel Mackler from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Loyola University Tax Law Center
  • Joseph McNally from Harvard Law School at Legal Aid Chicago
  • Leda Morochina from University of Michigan Law School at Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
  • Sean Nuernberger from University of Cincinnati College of Law at CARPLS
  • Tomide Owalabi from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Loyola University Business Clinic
  • Liamarie Quinde from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at MALDEF
  • Rachel Rein from Columbia Law School at the Human Trafficking Legal Center
  • Robert Santamarina from Harvard Law School at the Federal Defender Program
  • Caitlin Schumacher from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
  • Taylor Shuman from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Ascend Justice
  • Michael Springer-Ingram from University of Chicago Law School at Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization
  • Ellen Wiencek from University of Chicago Law School at Legal Aid Chicago

Sponsored by Vedder Price:

  • Katie Behzad from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic

Sponsored by Willkie Farr & Gallagher:

  • Alexis Jones Johnson from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Rachel Klein from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Illinois Legal Aid Online

Sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP:

  • Benjamin Carbery from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Lawndale Christian Legal Center
  • Declan Duggan from Notre Dame Law at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • James Jones from University of Chicago Law School at Lawyers for the Creative Arts