cultivating a lifelong commitment
to public interest law and pro bono service
within the Illinois legal community
News Digest - October  2015
PILI's Illinois Forum on Pro Bono is Today!
Pro bono leaders from across the state will discuss "The Access to Justice Puzzle: Fitting the Pieces Together" at the Chicago Bar Association at 3:00. Read more.

Apply for PILI Internships and Fellowships Starting October 15th
The application system opens soon for PILI's summer 2016 Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs. Read more.  
PILI will host a free half-day program in Chicago for law students who want to work in the public interest and government sectors. We also hosted this program in   St. Louis on October 3rd.  Read more. 
This year, Pro Bono Week is October 26-30, and PILI is hosting or co-sponsoring a variety of events throughout the state. Read more.
Join us at the Chicago French Market on Thursday, November 5th to support the PILI Alumni Named Internship Campaign. Read more. 
Join the over 50 law firms, corporations and law schools that regularly sponsor this event, which brings together nearly 500 members of the Illinois legal community to celebrate service in the legal profession. Read more.
Adopt an Evening of the Legal Prep Community Law Clinic
PILI's Alumni Network Leadership Council is looking for firms with PILI Alumni to adopt and volunteer for an evening at the Legal Prep Community Law Clinic in 2016. Read more.

PILI Announces 2015 Award Recipients

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman, PILI Alumni Jordan Heinz and Cynthia Cornelius, and United Airlines will be honored at PILI's Annual Awards Luncheon on December 9th. Read more.


Jerome Mirza Foundation Awards PILI New $30,000 Grant

This grant will support our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees and help expand our Law Student Internship Program outside of Chicago. Read more.


PILI Announces $257,500 in Public Interest Law Student Internship Grants for 2016

This is the largest amount of money that PILI has ever committed to Internship funding, and reflects the first increase in PILI's Intern stipend in 10 years. Read more.


PILI Welcomes Seven Fall Law Student Interns

These Interns will work 200 hours during the fall semester providing legal services to or on behalf of low-income clients at legal service organizations in Chicago. Read more.


Three New Members Join PILI's Board of Directors

PILI's Board of Directors has elected Cara Hendrickson of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Lindsay Miller of the Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU Inc., and Phillip Mohr of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Read more.


PILI Announces Alumni Network Leadership Council Changes 

Kate Pomper Costello has been named Chair and Jordan Heinz has been named Vice Chair. Read more.


New Board and Alumni Network Leadership Council Representatives

Recent PILI Interns and Fellows Amanda Walsh, Sarah Schultes, Jenna Silver and Brian Davis will serve as 2015 Representatives. Read more.


Thanks to Brinks Gilson & Lione for Adopting the Legal Prep Community Law Clinic in September!

Five volunteer lawyers assisted clients on September 8th. Read more.


PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann Named Chair of the ABA Judicial Division

Michael is the first public interest attorney and only the third non-judge to hold this position. 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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