Public Interest Law Association
Who We Are
The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is New England Law | Boston's primary public interest student organization. PILA strives to raise awareness of the needs, issues, and employment opportunities within the public interest area of law and promote public interest law within the New England Law community. We also provide an outlet for students, no matter what their interest level, to request speakers and information about public interest law.
Executive Board, 2014-2015
- President: Lianne Henderson '15
- Vice President: Alison Ver Shuer '15
- Treasurer: Katherine Howells '17
- Secretary: Sheba Varughese '15
- Fundraising Chair: Michael Schollard '15
- Evening Liason: Carol Almonte '15
What is Public Interest Law?
Public interest law is one of the larger sectors in the legal field. It Includes federal and state administrative and regulatory agencies, advocacy groups, legal aid agencies, lobbyist groups, prosecution agencies, and public defenders, just to name a few. Almost any area of the law has a public interest element to it.
What we do
PILA's main event is an auction in the spring, where donated items are bid upon and monies raised are then used to fund our highly successful summer grant program. Additionally, we hold speaker panels and a networking event inviting practicing attorneys from the public interest area of law to speak to students and provide valuable contacts. We also create opportunities to volunteer at local agencies and host fundraisers to benefit those Boston organizations. Ideas from all students are welcome and encouraged to make our activities meaningful for everyone!
When do we meet?
During school year we hope to schedule PILA meetings often to facilitate more sharing about opportunities and interests. If you have a topic for a meeting, drop us an e-mail. If you think something needs to be discussed, let us know. Our purpose is to raise awareness so invite your friends to join us, there is no commitment required. This organization is about helping each other explore our interest in serving others and using our legal expertise to accomplish this.
Get involved in the New England Law | Boston community! There are no dues! Membership is by participation. You can become a member simply by signing up for our TWEN site or joining us for a meeting or two. Your participation is what will make PILA a great way to enhance your experience at New England Law. We do ask that those who sign up for a committee take their participation seriously. However, the purpose of committees is to reduce the pressure and split up the work, so we can all give what we feel comfortable with and while allowing us all to graduate!
- Sign up on our TWEN page to get details about our upcoming events through e-mail!
- "Like" our NELB Public Interest Law Association Facebook page! (https://www.facebook.com/NelbPublicInterestLawAssociation)
- Attend one of our events or meetings!
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!