cultivating a lifelong commitment
to public interest law and pro bono service
within the Illinois legal community
News Digest - June  2016
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke will be our special guest speaker at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios in Chicago from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75. Read more.
"Partnering for Progress: How Big Law and Nonprofits Work Together to Make a Difference" is two days before the Illinois MCLE reporting deadline. Read more.
This is a community-based clinic at Legal Prep Charter Academies in the Garfield Park neighborhood that is staffed by PILI Alumni. Read more and volunteer. Read more.
This program brings together law school representatives to discuss best practices, successful strategies, and collaboration opportunities. Read more.
PILI wants to come to your law firm to speak to summer associates about the Graduate Fellowship Program. Read more.
The Illinois Forum on Pro Bono brings together a cross-section of pro bono stakeholders to discuss the ideas and strategies that came out of the Pro Bono Roundtable series earlier in the year. Read more.
PILI is hosting Forums on Pro Bono in the Fifth and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits at the end of June and the Sixth Judicial Circuit in September. Read more.
This year, 47 Law Student Interns and 76 Graduate Fellows will provide 41,600 hours of legal services across Illinois . Read more.
Sixteen Law Student Interns hold Named or Honorary Internship positions, which are created and funded by individuals and groups dedicated to promoting public interest law. Read more.
PILI's Full 2016 Summer Schedule Now Available
We are offering a wide range of educational, networking and service opportunities throughout the summer. All law student interns and fellows in the Chicago area who are interested in public interest law can  sign up to receive updates from PILI about our Educational Seminar Series. Read more. 

The program was a huge success, with PILI Alumni, professors and public interest law attorneys presenting several sessions throughout the day. Read more.
Foundations Renew Support of PILI's Law Student Internship Program
The  Polk Bros. Foundation increased PILI funding to $110,000 over two years, and the Helen Brach Foundation renewed their grant award of $10,000. We are grateful to these foundations for their support, leadership and commitment to PILI's mission.
Friends of PILI Receive Prestigious Awards
Nominated by PILI, longtime PILI supporters Kimball & Karen Anderson received the Distinguished Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Chicago on May 6th. Pro Bono Committee Chair Judge Lisa Wilson received the Business/Professions Award from the Women's Fund of Central Illinois at their Women to Women Leader Luncheon on May 17 th.
Andrew will work at the Civil Asset Forfeiture Project at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, where he did his PILI Internship in 2015. Read more.
See what's going on in one of PILI's Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees. Read more.
Thank you to Legal Prep Community Law Clinic Volunteers
Thank you to Jenner & Block , which adopted the clinic in May, and to PILI's Board of Directors, which adopted the April clinic.
We had an insightful exchange of ideas about challenges inherent to creating and growing corporate pro bono programs and how to overcome them. Read more.
On April 28 th, the Alumni Network Leadership Council hosted Play for PILI and raised $5,000 for the Alumni Named Internship Campaign. Read more.
Learn about Alumni Programs & Events, Connecting with Other PILIs, Service Opportunities, and the Alumni Named Internship Campaign in this new blog series to introduce PILI's Alumni Class Representatives. 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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