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PILI Bids Farewell to Four Board Members


PILI held our last meeting for the 2015 fiscal year this week, and said goodbye to Board Members Adam Gross and Adam Schwartz and our 2013 Class Representatives Emily Coffey and Catie Cottle.

Adam Gross has served on the Board since 2002, and is a PILI Intern Supervisor at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI). Adam was a PILI Intern himself at BPI 22 years ago and has worked there ever since.

Adam Schwartz is a Senior Staff Counsel at the ACLU of Illinois.  Also a PILI Intern Supervisor, Adam has served on PILI’s Board since 2012, and is now moving out of state.

Each year, the Board elects one Intern and one Fellow to serve as Board Representatives for two years. Emily Coffey and Catie Cottle were elected as 2013 Board Representatives and, at this meeting, were recognized for their contributions over the last two years.


Emily Coffey was our 2013 Intern Representative. In the summer of 2013, she interned at Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing and in the spring of 2014 she completed a second PILI Internship at CARPLS. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2014, and now works as an Equal Justice Works VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project Legal Fellow at the Shriver Center.

Catie Cottle was our 2013 Fellow Representative. Kirkland & Ellis LLP sponsored her Fellowship at Chicago-Kent’s Environmental Law Clinic. She now works at Kirkland as a Litigation Associate. She is also engaged in pro bono cases and, along with two Kirkland partners, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing.

Thank you all for your service to PILI!

Also at this meeting, the Board elected Don Hilliker as a Life Director. Don is a retired partner at McDermott Will & Emery and chose to become a Life Director to stay connected with PILI after his nine years of service as a Board Member.

Learn more about our Board of Directors here »

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