The Center for Public Interest Law hosted a series of "brown bag" lunch events this semester, partnering students and attorneys in a small and informal setting to promote mentorship in the legal community.
The series consisted of three lunches, each focusing on a different area of law tailored to students interested in the respective fields. The first lunch centered on immigration law, featuring attorneys from the National Immigration Justice Center and the Legal Assistance Foundation. Part two revolved around criminal defense, with public, appellate, and federal defenders attending.
The third and final installment in the series, held on November 14, featured practitioners from distinct Civil Legal Aid organizations, such as the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Illinois Legal Aid Online, the Legal Assistance Foundation, the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing and the Legal Aid Society.
All three lunches allowed students to ask questions, gain the insight and knowledge of people with experience, and find the resources necessary to get a foot in the proverbial door. While this is the very first time CPIL has run the series, the positive response bodes well for future plans.