At PILI, we are working hard to close the gap between low-income people with legal needs and the legal services they otherwise can’t afford. This year, we’re funding 57 Law Student Interns, and we placed 81 Graduate Fellows at legal service organizations across the state. Together they will contribute 44,500 hours of legal services to clients in need.
“Many of our clients are very grateful that someone finally told them ‘yes’ and agreed to help them with their legal problem,” one of our Interns told us. “Often, this is the first time they have had someone take an interest in their story,” another said. “I can really have a positive impact for them.”
We’re also working to make it easier for more people to do more pro bono work in Chicago and across Illinois. We held legal clinics for low-income seniors in the Quad Cities, and we launched pilot courthouse help desks in Peoria and Tazewell Counties. And, our own PILI Alumni Network organizes a monthly community legal clinic in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood.
PILI’s mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community. We are doing more than ever to expand legal aid for those who need it most, and we hope you will join us in this mission by making a donation to PILI today.
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We could not do the work we do to close the justice gap without support from friends like you. We hope we can count on you this summer, and thank you for helping us expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need.