Dear Michael,

Thank you to all of our sponsors and guests who joined us for PILI's Alumni Reception on August 10th. We had a wonderful night welcoming the newest class of PILI Alumni and celebrating the incredible work done by PILI Law Student Interns and Graduate Fellows over the last year. Check out more pictures from the event here »

PILI begins a new fiscal year on September 1st and in the budget adopted by its Board of Directors, PILI will fund its largest number of Law Student Interns ever in the year to come. The budget that was adopted also calls for an increase in the stipend for all PILI Law Student Interns in the year to come following an initial increase over this past fiscal year. PILI will grant over $370,500 to fund 67 Law Student Interns at 30 public interest law agencies across Illinois in the coming year. Learn more here »

PILI’s Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs remain at the center of our work and provide a start for a new generation of lawyers to learn about and commit to public interest law and pro bono service while remaining connected to PILI and the public interest law community through our Alumni Network. Through our Pro Bono Program, we continue to increase the availability of pro bono legal help across Illinois for those who cannot afford an attorney. In short, we strive to build and support A Community of Service across Illinois. None of this would be possible without you – our community of supporters. Will you help our Community of Service thrive by making a donation today before our fiscal year ends on August 31st?

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We are also planning CLE programs and pro bono clinics as well. Details are below and you can always find a list of upcoming events on our website. We hope to see you over the next month!


The Staff at PILI

It's awards season at PILI! 

We are now accepting nominations for pro bono awards through our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees to be given during the celebration of Pro Bono Week in October and our annual awards to be presented at our Annual Awards Luncheon on December 6th. Nominations are due by Wednesday, September 13th. Learn more »

News & Updates

  • Volunteers needed for Bloomington Legal Advice Fair. Join us at the Mid Central Community Action in Bloomington on Saturday, September 23rd from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to answer questions and provide advice to those with legal needs who cannot afford a lawyer. Breakfast will be provided. Learn more and sign up to volunteer here »

  • Join us for the Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable on September 12th. The Law Firm Pro Bono Roundtable brings together law firm pro bono leaders to discuss pro bono opportunities and challenges and to share best practices and strategies for successful pro bono programs. Learn more and register here »

  • A new Long Range Plan has been adopted by the PILI Board of Directors. Over the last several months, all of PILI's leadership entities have worked together to create a plan for the next several fiscal years to guide PILI. Read more here »

  • Applications for Fall Semester 2023 Law School Internships are open and being accepted. PILI school-year Internships are open to any second and third-year law students in the Chicago area who are attending an ABA accredited school and are accepted on a rolling basis. PILI will fund 10 Law Student Interns during Fall Semester 2023. Learn more here »

  • Thank you to the outgoing members of PILI Leadership. Several individuals are concluding their service on PILI’s Board of Directors at the end of August as the fiscal year concludes. We also want to thank Judy He and Marlow Svatek for their leadership as the chairs of our Young Professionals Board and Alumni Network Leadership Council, respectively.

  • PILI is in need of volunteers for various opportunities across the state. To learn more about ongoing and upcoming pro bono opportunities click here » 
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Volunteer Spotlight

PILI is building and nurturing a Community of Service within the Illinois Legal Community. This month we want to highlight Jeffrey Glickman, an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Beyond Jeffrey's everyday practice, he also has dedicated much of his time to pro bono work through Illinois Free Legal Answers. Jeffrey also recruits colleagues to get involved in pro bono as well. Read more »

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