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PILI Educational Seminar Series


Are you a law student intern or fellow serving at a public interest or government agency this summer?

You're invited to attend PILI's Educational Seminar Series. This year all our programs will be virtual through Zoom. These weekly seminars start with Orientation on June 3rd and run through mid-August. They focus on covering a range of hard skills and substantive law topics related to public interest law and pro bono. We also discuss career development ideas for law students interested in public interest law. All law student interns and fellows are invited to attend, regardless of whether you receive PILI funding. 

See a list of upcoming events. PILI also maintains an online archive of past seminars.

Fill out the below form to receive updates about seminars. If you have any questions, please contact Sophia Vagnone by email or by phone at 312-832-5127.

Upcoming PILI events open to all public interest law student interns and fellows:

  • PILI Intern, Fellow & Advisor Virtual Happy Hour

    • June 22nd, 2021 - 5:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    PILI Interns, Fellows and their Advisors are invited to join a virtual happy hour on June 22, 2021.

  • Healthy Habits for Working From Home This Summer and Beyond

    • June 24th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Hear how to serve clients better while working from home with patience, creativity and perseverance.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • June 30th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 7th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    This seminar features dedicated public interest law attorneys who will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law. Panelists will include attorneys who have experience in legal aid and government, and with judicial clerkships and post-graduate fellowships.

  • Intern and Fellow Illinois Free Legal Answers Clinic

    • July 8th, 2021 - 5:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Join PILI on July 7th for a virtual Illinois Free Legal Answers Clinic open to Interns, Fellow, Advisors, Alumni and Board Members!

  • Post-Grad Fellowships: From Pipe Dream to Project in Action

    • July 15th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Hear from organizations and recent fellows about how they got their project green-lighted and give you a deeper dive into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship.

  • Joint First 10 & PILI Virtual Happy Hour

    • July 20th, 2021 - 5:30 pm, at Virtual Event

    Learn more about this network of engaged Chicago public interest lawyers by connecting with its members, other PILI Interns and PILI Alumni!

  • Summer Educational Seminar Series – Advocating for Pro Bono and Legal Aid LGBTQ+ Clients

    • July 22nd, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Despite gains in marriage equality, LGBTQ+ people can face unique challenges when navigating the legal system. In additional to cultural responsiveness, learn about current issues, common challenges and ways to advocate for your LGBTQ+ clients.

  • Hot Topics in Legal Aid

    • August 4th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Public interest lawyers are often at the forefront of social justice issues. Hear from attorneys talking about emerging legal issues they are working on and how law students can get more involved.

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 10th, 2021 - 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    PILI Alumni will share insights and practical advice from their own experiences about how to make pro bono fit into a busy professional life.

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