cultivating a lifelong commitment
to public interest law and pro bono service
within the Illinois legal community
News Digest - April  2016
The Alumni Network Leadership Council is hosting Play for PILI: An Evening at Emporium on Thursday, April 28 th  at Emporium Arcade Bar in Logan Square. Come enjoy arcade games, drinks, tacos and prizes for only $25 presale.

The Pro Bono Recognition Roster honors law firms and corporations in Illinois whose impressive pro bono contributions are making a difference for those who need it most. The application period is open now until Friday, May 6 th.  Read more.

A favorite in the Illinois pro bono community's summer calendar, this event, brings together over 250 guests from law firms, corporations, the judiciary, law schools and legal service agencies across the state. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and more information is on our website. Read more.

PILI is seeking volunteers from our Board of Directors or Alumni Network to serve as Advisors to our 2016 Interns and Fellows. Read more.

Pro bono leaders from corporate legal departments are invited to this Roundtable on May 19 th  to discuss opportunities, challenges, best practices and strategies for successful pro bono programs. Read more.

Our new Alumni Class Representatives will help connect the 3,700 Alumni of PILI's Internship and Fellowship Programs with all PILI's Alumni Network has to offer. Read more or sign up to hear from your Alumni Class Representative.


Announcing a Full-Day Orientation for Summer PILI Interns & Fellows

For the first time ever, PILI will host a full-day orientation at the beginning of the summer for PILI Interns and Fellows to help them better serve their clients and the organizations where they work. Read more.


Welcoming New Additions to the PILI Team

PILI is excited to welcome new board member Sheila Frederick, our first ever board member from United Airlines, Inc., four new members of our Alumni Network Leadership Council, and Ocie A. Davis, our new Administration & Finance Assistant.


Alphawood Foundation Increases Grant Award to PILI

PILI is grateful for this $20,000 grant, which will help cover PILI's significant growth, as well as the Intern stipend increase. Read more.


LAGBAC Renews Named Intern Funding

LAGBAC funds two school-year Interns at the National Immigrant Justice Center in their LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. Read more.


PILI Announces New Graduate Fellowship Program Agency

Fellows can now apply to work at the Elder Law & Miscellaneous Remedies (ELMR) Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Read more.


Quarles & Brady Adopts March Legal Prep Community Law Clinic

Attorneys provided needed pro bono services in housing and family law matters at this monthly clinic hosted by PILI Alumni. Read more.


Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Hosts Successful Family Law CLE

Twenty-eight attorneys attended this training in Peoria on February 15th and will now volunteer to handle pro bono family law matters. Read more.


Highlights from 2016 Legal Service Agency Roundtable

Speakers shared timely and practical resources for effectively supervising law student interns, fellows, externs and pro bono volunteers. Read more.

PILI's mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need. PILI envisions a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where law students, lawyers and legal professionals at all stages of their careers engage in public interest law or pro bono work, and remain committed to addressing the unmet legal needs of the poor and underrepresented.

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