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Public Interst Law Initiative to Acknowledge Outstanding Public Interest & Pro Bono Contributions

On Wednesday, December 9th, the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) will host its Annual Awards Luncheon, an event that celebrates the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations dedicating themselves to serving low-income clients in need.

This year, PILI is proud to honor the following four award recipients:

  • Distinguished Public Service Award: Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman
  • Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Jordan Heinz, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Distinguished PILI Intern Alumni Award: Cynthia Cornelius, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  • Pro Bono Initiative Award: United Airlines

PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, in Chicago. Sponsored by over 50 law firms, corporations, foundations and law schools, this event will be attended by nearly 500 members of the Illinois legal community, including firm and corporate attorneys, members of the judiciary and government sector, law school deans, professors and students, and staff members from PILI’s many partner legal service organizations across the state. To see a list of event sponsors, please visit our website at

About PILI: PILI's mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need. PILI envisions a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where law students, lawyers and legal professionals at all stages of their careers engage in public interest law or pro bono work, and remain committed to addressing the unmet legal needs of the poor and underrepresented.

Posted on December 3, 2015 by Morgan Yingst
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