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PILI Summer Educational Seminar Series

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PILI offers a weekly Educational Seminar Series for its Law Student Interns and Graduate Fellows that focuses on substantive legal topics, career development strategies and skill building relevant to public interest law. This weekly lunchtime series starts  with our Orientation on May 30th and runs through the second week of August. The seminars are held live and in person at DePaul University College of Law, and virtual participation is also offered. PILI will email our Interns and Fellows each week about the coming week's seminar with a request to RSVP. Advance registration is required for these seminars whether you attend in person or via Zoom.

Are you a law student intern serving at a public interest or government agency this summer without PILI funding? You're also invited to attend PILI's Educational Seminar Series as all law student interns are invited to attend most of these seminars, regardless of whether you receive PILI funding. Advance registration for each seminar is required regardless of in-person or virtual attendance. For Orientation only, those who do not receive PILI funding can only participate via Zoom. Those not funded through PILI can attend all other seminars either in person or via Zoom. Click here to register to receive seminar emails from PILI »

If you have questions about PILI's Law Student Internship, Graduate Fellowship Programs or our educational programming, contact PILI's Attorney Program Manager Arthur Surratt by email or at 312-832-5130.

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

  • PILI Law Student Intern & Graduate Fellow Orientation

    • May 30th, 2024 - 9:30 am, at DePaul Center

    Each year, PILI hosts a full-day orientation for PILI Interns and Fellows to kick-off the summer. This program serves as an introduction to the Illinois legal aid community and some of the struggles your clients face as well as the impact you can have. We also focus on developing practical skills that will be useful this summer and throughout your career.

  • A Fresh Start: The Importance of Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records

    • June 5th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Learn about the differences between expungement and sealing, and the various initiatives designed to help more people clear their record.

  • How to Interview Your Legal Aid Client

    • June 11th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI's Summer Educational Series. Learn strategies to interview low-income clients in a variety of settings and tools for eliciting information needed to assist them.

  • Exploring Post-Graduate Fellowships & Networking Reception (Interns Only)

    • June 13th, 2024 - 4:00 pm, at Crowell & Moring

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Intended specifically for current law students, you will hear from representatives of the Skadden Foundation and the Equal Justice Works Foundation as they give you a deeper dive into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship.

  • Reflections on Today’s Immigration Crisis

    • June 18th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Hear from those who have been part of the efforts to welcome new immigrant arrivals, and about the challenges and triumphs involved with this work.

  • Where Do We Stand? Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts in 2024

    • June 25th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI's Summer Educational Series. A panel of DEI professionals will share their experience working in this space, why there seems to be increasing backlash, and what the future may hold for DEI programs.

  • Policy Work and Impact Litigation for Change & Networking Reception

    • July 2nd, 2024 - 4:00 pm, at Kirkland & Ellis

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Hear from organizations and their law firm partners about how they have worked together to bring change through public policy and impact litigation.

  • Engaging with Your Community

    • July 10th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Learn how to become more active in your community as well as important considerations when becoming more politically and socially active.

  • Helping Ourselves to Help Others: Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

    • July 18th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Learn how to become aware of the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and practical tips you can utilize to promote self-care to help you become a better advocate for your client.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 24th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI's Summer Educational Series. A panel of dedicated public interest law attorneys will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law.

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