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Fellow Seminars & Events

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PILI offers a weekly Educational Seminar Series that focuses on substantive legal topics, career development strategies and skill building relevant to public interest law. This weekly lunchtime series starts in early June and runs through the beginning of August. Starting in the spring, you can RSVP for these Seminars at the links below. Attendance counts towards your 300 hour requirement. We hope you will be able to join us!

  • For all fellows: All interns & fellows in the Chicago area are invited to attend many of the summer Educational Seminars, even if you do not receive funding through PILI. Learn more and sign up for updates »
  • For Fellows outside of Chicago: PILI also webcasts most of our seminars and maintains an online archive of past seminars. See specific events below for details on webcasting.

Check out a preview of PILI's 2021 Summer Educational Programming »

Please contact PILI Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128 with any questions or for more information about our educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Fellows

  • Healthy Habits for Working From Home This Summer and Beyond

    • June 24th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Hear how to serve clients better while working from home with patience, creativity and perseverance.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • June 30th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 7th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    This seminar features dedicated public interest law attorneys who will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law. Panelists will include attorneys who have experience in legal aid and government, and with judicial clerkships and post-graduate fellowships.

  • Intern and Fellow Illinois Free Legal Answers Clinic

    • July 8th, 2021 - 5:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Join PILI on July 7th for a virtual Illinois Free Legal Answers Clinic open to Interns, Fellow, Advisors, Alumni and Board Members!

  • Post-Grad Fellowships: From Pipe Dream to Project in Action

    • July 15th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Hear from organizations and recent fellows about how they got their project green-lighted and give you a deeper dive into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship.

  • Summer Educational Seminar Series – Advocating for Pro Bono and Legal Aid LGBTQ+ Clients

    • July 22nd, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Despite gains in marriage equality, LGBTQ+ people can face unique challenges when navigating the legal system. In additional to cultural responsiveness, learn about current issues, common challenges and ways to advocate for your LGBTQ+ clients.

  • Hot Topics in Legal Aid

    • August 4th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Public interest lawyers are often at the forefront of social justice issues. Hear from attorneys talking about emerging legal issues they are working on and how law students can get more involved.

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 10th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    PILI Alumni will share insights and practical advice from their own experiences about how to make pro bono fit into a busy professional life.

  • PILI Alumni Reception: Welcoming the Newest Class of Alumni

    • August 12th, 2021 - 4:30 pm, at TBD

    PILI's Alumni Reception celebrates the lifelong commitment to service demonstrated by the Alumni as well as the amazing accomplishments of the most recent class of Interns and Fellows. 

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 1st, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    PILI's Annual Awards Luncheon brings together nearly 500 members of the Illinois legal community every year to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of the countless lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations who dedicate themselves to providing legal assistance to those in need.

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