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PILI Educational Seminar Series


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 June 1st and runs through the second week of August. Programs are held live and in person at DePaul University College of Law, and virtual participation is also offered.

Are you a law student intern or fellow serving at a public interest or government agency this summer? You're also invited to attend PILI's Educational Seminar Series as all law student interns and fellows are invited to attend most of these programs, regardless of whether you receive PILI funding. Advance registration for each program is required regardless of in-person or virtual attendance.

Fill out the below form to receive updates about seminars. If you are a PILI Intern or Fellow, you do not need to fill out the form. We will be in regular contact with you about programming and events for you this summer.

See a list of upcoming programming open to all interns and fellows.

PILI also maintains an online archive of past seminars.

Check out programming for PILI Law Student Interns and PILI Graduate Fellows.

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:

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

    • June 14th, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    The existence of a criminal record can create significant barriers to full participation in society. Learn about the differences between expungement and sealing, and the various initiatives designed to help more people clear their record.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid : Understanding Implicit Bias

    • June 22nd, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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.

  • Best Practices for Inclusion of People with Disabilities

    • June 27th, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    Join us for a training on interacting with people with disabilities in the legal profession, which will include best practices for inclusion and accessibility.

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

    • July 6th, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    Learn how to become aware of the sign 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 12th, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar features a panel of 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.

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

    • July 19th, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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.

  • Evaluation Session: How Can We Make the Internship Experience Better? (PILI-funded Interns Only)

    • July 27th, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    Help make our program better by sharing your experiences and providing feedback on PILI’s Law Student Internship Program.

  • Hot Topics in Legal Aid

    • August 3rd, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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 8th, 2023 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    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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