Public Interest Law Initiative

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 May 28th 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:

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

    • July 8th, 2020 – 3:30 pm, at Virtual Event

    Two agency supervisors and the fellows whose project they green-lighted dive deep into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship, moderated by a law school career counselor.

  • Understanding Illinois’ Child Protective System

    • July 15th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Each year, the Illinois’ Department of Child and Family Services investigates thousands of cases of abuse and neglect. Learn about the legal implications for parents and their children when they become part of an investigation and what reforms may be on the horizon.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 22nd, 2020 – 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.

  • Joint First 10 & PILI Happy Hour

    • July 30th, 2020 – 5:00 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!

  • Community Lawyering

    • August 5th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Community lawyering is an umbrella term for collaborative, community-based approaches to legal services. Hear attorneys discuss different approaches to working closely with communities to make legal services more readily available and accessible to low-income and underserved people.

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 11th, 2020 – 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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