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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 at the end of May and runs through mid-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 working at public interest law organizations this summer 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.

Please contact PILI's Attorney Program Manager Arthur Surratt by email or by phone at 312-832-5130 with any questions or for more information about our educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Fellows

  • PILI Law Student Intern & Graduate Fellow Orientation

    • May 30th, 2024 - 9:30 am, at DePaul Center

    Each year, PILI hosts a full-day orientation for PILI 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.

  • A Fresh Start: The Importance of Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records

    • June 5th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Learn about the differences between expungement and sealing, and the various initiatives designed to help more people clear their record.

  • How to Interview Your Legal Aid Client

    • June 11th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI's Summer Educational Series. Learn strategies to interview low-income clients in a variety of settings and tools for eliciting information needed to assist them.

  • Exploring Post-Graduate Fellowships (Interns Only)

    • June 13th, 2024 - 4:00 pm, at TBD in Chicago

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Intended specifically for current law students, you will hear from representatives of the Skadden Foundation and the Equal Justice Works Foundation as they give you a deeper dive into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship.

  • Reflections on Today’s Immigration Crisis

    • June 18th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Hear from those who have been part of the efforts to welcome new immigrant arrivals, and about the challenges and triumphs involved with this work.

  • Where Do We Stand? Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts in 2024

    • June 25th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI's Summer Educational Series. A panel of DEI professionals will share their experience working in this space, why there seems to be increasing backlash, and what the future may hold for DEI programs.

  • Annual Pro Bono Reception

    • June 26th, 2024 - 5:30 pm, at Ivy Room at Tree Studios

    PILI's Annual Pro Bono Reception celebrates the inspiring and life-changing pro bono work being done in Illinois through effective pro bono programs, innovative partnerships, and the unwavering dedication of individual attorneys and legal professionals.

  • Policy Work and Impact Litigation for Change

    • July 2nd, 2024 - 4:00 pm, at Kirkland & Ellis

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Hear from organizations and their law firm partners about how they have worked together to bring change through public policy and impact litigation.

  • Engaging with Your Community

    • July 10th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Learn how to become more active in your community as well as important considerations when becoming more politically and socially active.

  • Helping Ourselves to Help Others: Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

    • July 18th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. 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.

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