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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 2022 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

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • June 30th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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.

  • Join PILI at CVLS’ Race Judicata

    • June 30th, 2022 - 6:30 pm, at Grant Park

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to join PILI at Race Judicata®, a 5K Run/Walk benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services in their mission to ensure that the law works for everyone.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • July 6th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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.

  • PILI Wellness Check In: Focus on Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing

    • July 12th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    Even under the best circumstances, legal aid and pro bono work can be incredibly stressful, challenging, and emotionally taxing, and may lead to secondary trauma. Join us for a fun, interactive, and accessible well-being check-in and education.

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

    • July 20th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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.

  • Hot Topics in Legal Aid

    • August 3rd, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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 9th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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 Interns & Fellows

    • August 11th, 2022 - 5:30 pm, at Hubbard Inn, 3rd Floor

    The Alumni Network Leadership Council welcomes all 2022 PILI Interns & Fellows to a reception recognizing and celebrating the important work they did this summer to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need. Advisors will also be invited, and this will be one last scheduled opportunity to connect.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 6th, 2023 - 11:30 am, at Palmer House Hilton

    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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