Dear Michael,

Join us at PILI's Alumni Reception at The Gage from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10th. All of PILI's supporters and friends are welcome to join us to welcome the newest class of Interns and Fellows to our Alumni Network at this event. Get your tickets today and join us in celebration!

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?

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We are also planning CLE programs, pro bono clinics and our Intern & Fellow Summer Educational Seminar Series. 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. Read 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. 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 »

  • PILI has received renewed funding from several funders. These funders included the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Francis Beidler Foundation, Illinois Access to Justice, Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network, and the Jerome Mirza Foundation. We would like to thank them and are so grateful for their continued support of PILI. Read more here »

  • PILI's Educational Seminar Series is Open to All Public Interest Law Interns/Externs/Volunteers! These weekly lunchtime seminars focus on substantive legal topics, career development strategies and skill building relevant to public interest law. Programs for the rest of the summer will be offered only virtually. Learn more and sign up to receive reminders for individual seminars here »
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At PILI, we believe that equal access to justice is a fundamental right. The legal community - law students, lawyers, judges and other legal professionals - have an ethical obligation to ensure this right is accessible for people with unmet legal needs. And we all know that we work best when we work together. That's why PILI’s theme for 2023 is A Community of Service. Check out our new video about this theme.

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