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.

 Public Service Experience Database

If you're looking for information about a public service internship or externship, check out the 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 2015 PILA Grant Recipients!

Crystal O'Grady, National Center for Youth Law
Sarah Tatistcheff, Snohomish County Public Defender Association
Inwoo Lee, Snohomish County Public Defender Association
Alyssa Fairbanks, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
Jeffrey Musto, Washington Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection Division
Sophia Posnock, King County Department of Public Defense, SCRAP Division
Baily Mullins, Seattle Community Law Center
Clive Pontusson, ACLU of Washington
Lena Brodsky, the King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program
Zachary Gussin, Unemployment Law Project
Andrea Lee, Open Door Legal Services
Jessy Nations, Northwest Justice Project
Katie Willis, Columbia Legal Services
Kevin Duffy-Greaves, Legal Aid Society
Alexa Polaski,
Disability Rights Washington
Anna Rae Goethe,
King County Bar Assocaition Housing Justice Project
Cody Mullikin,
ACLU of Idaho
Alizeh Bhojani,
Columbia Legal Services
Mariah Hanley,
Northwest Justice Project
Harley Hunner,
Alaska Public Defender Agency
Steven McKevett,
Environmental Protection Information Center
Joshua Pazderka,
Seattle Community Law Center
Claire Sullivan,
Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Offices
Travis Mann,
Disability Rights Washington
Maria Hoisington,
U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission
James Mullins, Western District of Washington Federal Public Defender
Katy Reed,
Northwest Justice Project
Katherine Chung,
Alaska Public Defender Agency
Jessica Houston,
U.S. Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs


Click here for more about PILA's Grant Program.

Attendees enjoy conversation at the 2012 PILA Auction.