What is PILA?

PILA is a student-run non-profit organization dedicated to promoting legal work that serves the public, and improves the quality of life for individuals in our community and elsewhere. To this end, PILA...
  • raises awareness about the need for and rewards of pro bono and full-time public interest legal work;
  • helps fund a Loan Repayment Assistance Program;
  • funds grants for UW law students doing unpaid public interest legal work through an annual auction.
PILA is now 20! Since 1994, PILA has over 200 public interest projects at organizations across the state and around the world.   Special note to alumni: Please click here to participate in the PILA Alumni Survey.

New Public Service Experience Database

If you're looking for information about a public service internship or externship, check out the new Public Service Experience Database. (Note: you need to have a UW netid and log in to see this.) It will help you find out where other students and recent alumni have worked and help you get in touch with them to find out more about their experiences. If you've already done an intern/externship in public interest law, please consider adding yourself to the database so other students can contact you for information.

Congratulations to the 2013 PILA Grant Recipients!

Jonathan Collins, Federal Public Defender
Niki Morrison, Northwest Justice Project (Everett office)
Melody Young, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Alyson Dimmitt Gnam, Northwest Justice Project
Rachel Ryon, The Center for Justice and Accountability
Darcy Kues, New York Legal Assistance Group
Elysia Ruvinsky, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
Michael Caulfield, Alaska Department of Law
Kimberly Schertz, Legal Aid Society - Juvenile Rights Practice
Jocelyn Whiteley, Unemployment Law Project
Jessica Erickson, Washington Defender Association
Mallory Gitt, Disability Rights Washington
Taylor Richman, United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Maureen Johnston, Florida Justice Institute
Matt Woods, Solid Ground (Family Assistance Dep't)
Laurel Jones, Legal Voice
Caitlyn Evans, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Erin Apte, El Concejo de Medellin

Click here for more about PILA's Grant Program.


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Attendees enjoy conversation at the 2012 PILA Auction.