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Introducing Spring 2021 PILI Interns

PILI is excited to introduce eight spring Law Student Interns who are working 200 hours during the semester at legal service agencies in Chicago.

Olivia Alden

Olivia is a 3L at Loyola University Chicago Law  and an Intern at MALDEF.

“I went to college with the goal of helping women and girls and knew that going to law school to practice public interest law would be the best way to achieve this goal. I am passionate about the work that MALDEF does and in particular its work in advocating for low-wage, immigrant women, and I am thrilled PILI has allowed me to be a part of it.”

Joe Crawford

Joe is a 2L at Chicago-Kent College of Law and an Intern at CARPLS.

“My greatest takeaway so far from my experience as a PILI Intern at CARPLS is that listening compassionately is edifying for myself as well as beneficial for clients. While working on the CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline, it has been rewarding to talk with so many fascinating people and provide assistance so they can address their legal issues. I look forward to every conversation, and I am grateful that PILI and CARPLS have given me this opportunity.”

Joseph Garcia

Joseph is a 2L at DePaul University College of Law and an Intern at Legal Aid Chicago.

“I enjoy being a PILI Intern for Legal Aid Chicago because of its commitment to helping low-income people secure individual rights to affordable housing, basic healthcare, fair working conditions, protection from abuse, and economic stability. As a member of the Employment team, it has been an honor to advocate for low-wage workers against wage theft, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and emerging employment-related claims in light of the pandemic.”

MariaCarolina Gomez

MariaCarolina is a 2L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the LAGBAC Named Intern at National Immigrant Justice Center.

“I chose to attend law school to work with communities that have historically had limited access to legal representation. My internship at NIJC’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative allows me to continue learning and fulfilling my dreams of using my legal education to continue advocating for the advancement of human rights through direct legal services.”

Matthew Landry

Matthew is a 2L at DePaul University College of Law and the Baker McKenzie Named Intern at Cabrini Green Legal Aid.

“I believe in pro bono and public interest work because I believe we should be the change we want to see.  For me, that means doing this work.”


Jaylin McClinton

Jaylin is a 2L at Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Mary C. Russo Memorial Intern at the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU.

“I believe in and am motivated to do pro bono and public interest work because I am of the belief that our institutions are of the people, by the people, and for the people. The opportunity to work on behalf of Illinoisans across the state at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, the state’s principal protector of constitutional rights since its founding in 1926 has been a once in a lifetime experience to live up to the values that have been instilled in me since I was a young person.”

Erin Shiel

Erin is a 2L at Chicago-Kent College of Law and an Intern at the Greater Chicago Legal Clinic.

“I am pursuing a path in public interest work because I think it can be so rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life when they need it the most. To be able to use my education to help others is a privilege.”

We are also excited to welcome Ashley Chong, a 3L at University of Illinois College of Law and an Intern at Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing.

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