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What motivates your commitment to justice?

At PILI, we believe that justice is a fundamental right, and that everyone who needs help with their legal problems should be able to get it, regardless of their income level. The work we are doing to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need is more important than ever, and we couldn’t do it without your support.

roundtable-croppedEvery day and across the state of Illinois, PILI is working to make justice a reality for people in need. PILI Interns help secure safe housing for low-income families, or educational opportunities for special needs children. PILI Fellows help immigrants facing deportation or minorities facing discrimination. PILI Alumni across the globe serve in a wide range of capacities to help advance legal protections for vulnerable populations. And volunteers through PILI’s Pro Bono Initiative Program staff help desks, legal fairs and clinics to provide free legal services in areas of the state where access to help is severely limited.

These are just some examples of how PILI mobilizes law students, lawyers and legal professionals at any stage of their careers to expand access to justice for everyone. Earlier this month at our Annual Awards Luncheon, one of our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients said that the system PILI has created is “more than the sum of its parts. It is a movement.” Through all of these individual Interns, Fellows, Alumni and volunteers, we strive to build a culture of service in the legal profession to ensure that our commitment to justice is not just a dream, but a reality.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) | Awards Luncheon
For nearly 40 years, PILI has cultivated a commitment to public interest law and pro bono service in the Illinois legal community. We have grown from being an Internship program for law students to being a hub for legal aid and pro bono in Illinois. I invite you to read more about PILI’s recent accomplishments in our 2016 Year in Review.

You can be a part of this movement, a part of this legacy of service, by making a donation today. 

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