The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) has announced its Law Student Internship & Graduate Fellowship Class of 2014. PILI is funding 43 Law Student Interns representing 34 law schools from around the country to work at 23 legal aid organizations across Illinois. These PILI Interns have been selected out of over 350 law student applicants from over 70 law schools. Each PILI Intern will serve 400 hours over the summer, together contributing 17,200 hours of legal services on behalf of thousands of low-income individuals and families. PILI provides supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.
Of these Interns, 13 hold Named or Honorary Internship positions, created by special funding commitments from individuals and groups dedicated to promoting public interest law. Many Named Internships support a specific cause, such as the legal welfare of children or disabled people. Other PILI Interns are named in honor or memory of champions for service and philanthropy to our legal aid community, including Kimball & Karen Anderson of Winston & Strawn LLP and Jerome Gilson of Brinks Gilson & Lione.
PILI is also supporting 65 Graduate Fellows this summer. Fellows are incoming associates at major Chicago law firms who are sponsored by their firms to work at legal aid organizations while studying for or after taking the bar exam. This year, 14 law firms are sponsoring PILI Fellows at 33 legal aid organizations. Each PILI Fellow will serve 300 hours between graduation and joining the firm, together contributing 19,500 hours of legal services on behalf of thousands of low-income individuals and families.