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Public Interest Law Initiative Welcomes Louis Fogel as Newest Board Member


PILI has elected Louis E. Fogel, a partner in Jenner & Block’s Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice, to serve on its Board of Directors. As an Alumnus of PILI’s Graduate Fellowship Program, Louis understands the impact PILI can have.

“PILI is a great organization and I am proud to be a member of its Board of Directors,” said Louis. “As a PILI Fellow, PILI provided me my first opportunity to do pro bono legal work in the Chicagoland area. This experience was transformative, and as a result, participating in pro bono services has become an essential and meaningful part of my legal practice.”

Since his time as a PILI Fellow in 2003, Louis has had an active pro bono practice. One notable pro bono matter was a civil rights case involving alleged police brutality and unlawful arrest. He also works closely with the Family Defense Center to represent clients in DCFS administrative hearings to try and expunge dubious indicated findings of child abuse or neglect. Most recently, he is lead pro bono counsel on an American with Disabilities Act case involving a physically-disabled, non-wheelchair bound Evanston student who is requesting time standard accommodations in high school track.

Louis was a founding board member of the Chicago Chess Foundation and currently serves on the University of Chicago Alumni Board, where he earned his J.D. as well as a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Louis also serves on the Hillels of Illinois Governing Commission, and is co-chair the Newberger Hillel Board at the University of Chicago.

PILI is grateful to Louis for agreeing to serve in this position. The Board of Directors is currently led by President Brad Lane of Brinks Gilson & Lione and Vice President Sarah Bernstein of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg. See a full list of PILI’s board members here »

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