PILI’s Alumni Network consisting of nearly 5,000 former PILI Law Student Interns and Graduate Fellows is led by the Alumni Network Leadership Council, a group of PILI Alumni committed to staying connected to PILI and public interest law, and to giving back to their community.
With PILI’s new fiscal year beginning on September 1st, PILI welcomed new leadership for the Alumni Network Leadership Council. Nidhi D. Narielwala of Norton Rose Fulbright assumed the position of Chair and is joined in leadership by Chair-Elect Jill Roberts of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and Vice Chair Kimberly Mills of the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.
When asked about what she is looking forward to in the upcoming year, Nidhi had this to say, “I am looking forward to leading and collaborating with our amazing Alumni Network Leadership Council to continue expanding access to pro bono legal services and advancing public interest law in our communities. I am so grateful to PILI as it has given me many wonderful opportunities over the years, starting from my PILI Graduate Fellowship at the ACLU of Illinois to now providing me with resources to strengthen my own pro bono practice. PILI has created a strong platform whereby law students and lawyers can learn and grow as attorneys while also fostering a commitment to public interest and pro bono service. I am looking forward to leading the Council and ushering in a new generation of public interest and pro bono leaders!”
Nidhi counsels clients on a variety of matters related to technology licensing agreements and data privacy compliance programs. She uses her background in data analytics and software programming to advise clients on information technology vulnerabilities and develop policies and procedures to secure client data and comply with applicable laws. She also advises clients on GDPR and data transfer mechanisms between the European Union and the United States. Additionally, Nidhi has experience reviewing and revising various technology transactions agreements, including cloud computing software, autonomous software and technology services agreements, and assisted with data privacy, technology and intellectual property due diligence for M&A transactions.
She graduated from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and served as a PILI Graduate Fellow at the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois in 2018. At the ACLU, she worked on a wide range of projects from the welfare of LGBTQ youth to addressing police misconduct in Chicago to the Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project. While at Washington University School of Law, Nidhi participated in a number of public interest law activities. She served as the Pro Bono Committee Chair on the school’s Public Service Advisory Board. She also taught First and Fourth Amendment law to high school students in inner-city St. Louis through a Teaching Fellowship with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.