3L Weekly Docket

Good afternoon, newly promoted 3Ls. This week’s Weekly Docket features PILI’s summer educational series in Chicago and an announcement for the 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Event Invitation: PILI’s Summer Educational Series in Chicago


Are you a law student intern or fellow serving in the Chicago area this summer?

You’re invited to attend PILI’s Educational Seminar Series. These weekly lunchtime seminars start in early June and run through the beginning of August. They focus on 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. All law student interns and fellows are invited to attend, regardless of whether you receive PILI funding. 

Here is the entire list of PILI summer programming:

RSVPs are typically due the day before the program and you can RSVP for one or all programs by clicking on the individual link for each program. 

  • Writing for Public Interest Lawyers

    • June 5th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This workshop will provide specific strategies for writing clear, concise and compelling legal documents. Learn to eliminate common writing weaknesses and better organize your writing. This is one of our highest rated seminars every year.

  • Conflict Management

    • June 13th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Conflict in the courtroom (and even the workplace) may be unavoidable. Gain insights, tools, and techniques on how best to manage disputes and create meaningful resolutions.

  • Restorative Justice in Chicago

    • June 19th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn about an innovative approach to address the problems of crime and human conflict that incorporates the values of accountability and reconciliation between offenders and victims.

  • Intern & Fellow Service Day: Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

    • June 23rd, 2018 – 8:00 am, at Richard J. Daley Center

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to Volunteer on Team PILI at Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon with Interns and Fellows and other PILI Alums.

  • From You to Your Online Presence to Your Vote: Equality in 2018

    • June 28th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Hear from several attorneys working to advance equality in 2018, including disability, LGTBQ and gender equality advocates as well as those working to protect privacy and voting rights in 2018.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • July 3rd, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

  • Joint First 10 & PILI Happy Hour

    • July 10th, 2018 – 5:00 pm, at Tradition

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

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 11th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    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.

  • Fellowship: From Pipe Dream to Project in Action

    • July 19th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Two agency supervisors and the fellows whose project they green-lighted dive deep into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship, moderated by a law school career counselor.

  • Social and Economic Impact of Transactional Pro Bono Work

    • July 31st, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    From applying for federal tax exemption to drafting start-up documents, transactional pro bono work plays a critical role in community and business development. Learn how your transactional pro bono assistance to nonprofits and other community groups can make an impact from an individual to macro level.

Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works Fellowship



Ready to design your dream job? Equal Justice Works Fellowships allow law grads to design their own legal project with a non-profit of their choice and then work together to lead the 2-year project from September 2019-August 2021. Applications should be developed and submitted during the summer between 2L and 3L years. The Fellowship application opens June 20 and closes September 21, 2018. 1L, 2L, and 3L Students are invited to attend an upcoming webinar on the Equal Justice Works Fellowship—our Fellowships Manager will discuss strategies for finding host organizations, designing projects, and will also cover eligibility, timeline, and other FAQs. This webinar is highly advised for any students or recent grads looking to apply this summer for a 2019 Fellowship. Learn more or register for a webinar.

If you are interested in applying for public interest fellowships, contact me at Katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu.


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