PILI engages, inspires and empowers those advancing equal access to justice. We envision making equal access to justice a reality through a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where pro bono and public interest law engagement is optimized to best serve people, families and communities in need. There are a variety of ways in which you can get involved with PILI to help support our mission and to help us achieve our vision.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many court help desks, legal clinics and legal aid offices are currently closed around the state. Vulnerable members of our community are now with even less resources to turn to for help. We would like to further advertise the use of Illinois Free Legal Answers to those in need around the state, but we need to make sure we have enough volunteer attorneys available to answer questions. To that end, PILI has established a COVID-19 Illinois Free Legal Answers Task Force. Learn more »
Become a pro bono volunteer:
From brief services and limited scope representation to representing those in need of legal assistance in court, PILI has a variety of pro bono opportunities across Illinois. Learn more about our pro bono opportunities »
Attend one of our programs or events:
Throughout the year, PILI offers a wide array of educational programming as well as networking and fundraising events across the state for law students, lawyers and others interested in our work. Learn more about upcoming events »
Provide financial support:
Individuals, law firms, corporations and foundations provide the critical support that PILI needs. Donations to PILI are an investment in the long-term stability of public interest law and pro bono. We take your trust in us to use your financial support very seriously. In fact, 88% of the funds PILI raised in PILI’s most recently completed fiscal year were used to support its programs. Learn more about the Ways to Support PILI »
Join one of PILI’s leadership boards:
A dedicated group of leaders from across the legal sector help PILI to achieve its mission. Theirleadership and support is critical to our success. This includes our Board of Directors, our Alumni Leadership, our Young Professionals Board and our Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees.
Apply to be a Law Student Intern or Graduate Fellow:
PILI’s Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs place law students and recent law school graduates at public interest law organizations, with PILI providing supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.
Remain connected to PILI as a former Intern or Fellow:
More than 4,000 law students and graduates have participated in PILI’s Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs. Our goal is to keep PILI Alumni engaged in public interest and pro bono work throughout their careers. We do this by providing leadership and pro bono opportunities, programming and networking events. Learn more about PILI’s Alumni Network »
Want to talk with someone about PILI and how you can get involved with us? Contact PILI’s Executive Director, Michael G. Bergmann, by email or at 312-832-5129.