PILI Graduate Fellowship Program
PILI offers new law school graduates the opportunity to work 300 hours during the summer after their graduation at one of more than 50 public interest law agencies. PILI Fellowships provide the scheduling flexibility to allow Fellows to participate in a formal bar review course and take the bar exam while gaining hands-on legal experience. Nearly two dozen Chicago law firms sponsor PILI Fellows, paying the salaries of their new associates to work at public interest law agencies.
Pro Bono Initiative Program
PILI is a resource for Illinois law firms and corporations developing or enhancing pro bono programs. This pro bono consulting program fosters business cultures and legal careers that feature a commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.
Law Firm Extended Placement Program
The Law Firm Extended Placement Program is a service PILI offers to encourage law firms to provide the opportunity for firm attorneys — whether new associates or seasoned attorneys — to be placed at a public interest law organization for an extended period of time in a rotation or fellowship program. PILI provides assistance to firms in developing such programs and in identifying public interest law organizations to host their attorneys.
Pro Bono Case Pairing and Mentor Matching System
Working in partnership, Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) and PILI developed the Pro Bono Case Pairing and Mentor Matching System now available at www.IllinoisProBono.org. New pro bono practitioners can use the tool to be matched with more experienced pro bono practitioners willing to serve as mentors, and pro bono volunteers can connect with other pro bono volunteers to share a case or matter. Registration is free, and the system is available to attorneys, paralegals and other legal professionals who register with the site.
Click here to see the promotional brochure for the Pro Bono Case Pairing and Mentor Matching System.
PILI Pro Bono Recognition Roster
PILI seeks to recognize the noteworthy pro bono contributions of law firms throughout the state of Illinois, as well as their attorneys and staff. Congratulations to the law firms whose exemplary pro bono work has earned them a spot on our 2012 Pro Bono Recognition Roster!
Pro Bono Technical Consultations
Another key service PILI provides is delivering technical consultations to law firms wishing to establish or reinvigorate their pro bono programs. As a service to the firm, PILI gathers a consultation team that includes representatives from other Illinois law firms that have been successful in the development and/or management of a pro bono program. To arrange a pro bono technical consultation, contact PILI's Executive Director, Michael Bergmann, by e-mail or at 312-832-5129.