Public Interest Law Initiative

Intern Seminars & Events

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As a PILI Intern, your education doesn’t just happen at your agency. PILI organizes a series of weekly educational seminars for Interns over the summer, covering a range of hard skills and substantive law topics related to public interest law and pro bono. We also discuss career development ideas for law students interested in public interest law. This year all our programs will be virtual through Zoom. These weekly seminars start with Orientation on May 28th and run through mid-August. Additionally, each fall and spring, we host educational programs for school-year PILI Interns. Attendance counts towards your hour requirement.

  • For all law student interns: All law student interns are invited to attend our virtual summer Educational Seminars, even if you do not receive funding through PILI. Learn more and sign up for updates »

View a preview of PILI’s 2020 Summer Educational Programming schedule » 

PILI also maintains an online archive of past seminars.

Please contact PILI Senior Managing Attorney Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128 with any questions or for more information about educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Interns

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 22nd, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    This seminar features 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.

  • Evaluation Session: How Can We Make the Internship Experience Better?

    • July 28th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Interns are invited to share their experiences and provide feedback on PILI’s Law Student Internship Program.

  • Joint First 10 & PILI Happy Hour

    • July 30th, 2020 – 5:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Learn more about this network of engaged Chicago public interest lawyers by connecting with its members, other PILI Interns and PILI Alumni!

  • Community Lawyering

    • August 5th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    Community lawyering is an umbrella term for collaborative, community-based approaches to legal services. Hear attorneys discuss different approaches to working closely with communities to make legal services more readily available and accessible to low-income and underserved people.

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 11th, 2020 – 12:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    PILI Alumni will share insights and practical advice from their own experiences about how to make pro bono fit into a busy professional life.

  • PILI’s YPB Arcade for Legal Aid

    • August 26th, 2020 – 6:00 pm, at Virtual Event

    PILI’s Young Professionals Board hosts this annual fundraiser to support PILI's programs and introduce other young professionals to PILI's mission.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 2nd, 2020 – 11:30 am, at Palmer House Hilton

    PILI's Annual Awards Luncheon brings together nearly 500 members of the Illinois legal community every year to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of the countless lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations who dedicate themselves to providing legal assistance to those in need.

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