cultivating a lifelong commitment
to public interest law and pro bono service
within the Illinois legal community
News Digest - July 2015

Nominations for PILI Awards Now Open 

Make a nomination for PILI's annual awards and for pro bono awards through PILI's Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees. Read more.


Support PILI with a Donation this Summer

Help us close the justice gap by making a contribution today. Read more.


Volunteers Needed for PILI Alumni Clinic at Legal Prep on August 11

The Legal Prep Community Law Clinic takes place in Garfield Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Read more.


August Educational Programs and Events for PILI Interns and Fellows

Join us for our remaining summer 2015 Intern & Fellow events. Read more.


Race Judicata with Team PILI

Join the PILI team or swing by our tent on the day of the race. Read more.


This year's theme is "The Access to Justice Puzzle: Fitting the Pieces Together." Read more.


Law Students, Join Us on October 17th for Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities

This program is for law students looking to secure a placement at a public interest law organization or in the government sector.  Read more.


Save the Date: Pro Bono Week with PILI, October 25-31

Join PILI for special events in Savoy, Peoria, Edwardsville and Mattoon. More Pro Bono Week events are in the works.


Save the Date: PILI Alumni Reunion Reception, November 5th

Come support the PILI Alumni Named Internship Campaign on Thursday, November 5th at the Chicago French Market. Read more.


Save the Date: PILI Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable, January 26th

The next Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable will be Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Sidley Austin LLP. Read more.

Thank You for a Successful Annual Pro Bono Reception!

This was PILI's most successful Pro Bono Reception to date, raising over $75,000 for our Pro Bono Initiative Program. Read more.


PILI Announces its 2015 Pro Bono Recognition Roster

Thirty-four law firms and 11 corporations were named to the 2015 Pro Bono Recognition Roster.  Read more.


Announcing PILI's 2015-2016 School-Year Internship Allocations

This coming fall and spring, PILI will fund 15 Law Student Interns at 10 legal service agencies in Chicago, our largest class of school-year Interns ever. Read more.


Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois Awards the Ruth Ann Schmitt Legal Aid Internship

A grant award from LTF in honor of Ruth Ann Schmitt's career will create the "Ruth Ann Schmitt Legal Aid Internship" to support one Intern each summer for five years. Read more.

Elizabeth is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery and the outgoing chair of PILI's Alumni Network Leadership Council. Read more.


PILI Bids Farewell to Four Board Members
Adam Gross, Adam Schwartz, Emily Coffey and Catherine Cottle have completed their terms on PILI's Board.  Read more.
Amanda will work at the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago to establish the Family Preservation Project. Read more.


PILI Hosts Forum on Pro Bono in Peoria, IL

Over 80 representatives from the legal community gathered to discuss the future of pro bono in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. Read more.


Highlights from PILI's 2015 Law School Pro Bono Roundtable

With 13 law schools at the table, we had a rich and varied discussion about how to take their pro bono programs to the next level. 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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Chicago, IL 60654


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