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From the Intern Desk...

By Chris Alfano on August 14, 2015

Hi, Nick here. I am just finishing up my tenure as a Law student summer intern at ILAO. Before I head out, I wanted to share a few thoughts about what it's been like to spend the last few months as part of the ILAO team. Being an intern at ILAO means…

  • working with a great group of people
  • working on hot button legal aid issues important to the residents of Illinois
  • working with other legal interns and fellows and sharing issues and ideas about legal aid
  • learning about everything you could ever possibly imagine about paternity (it’s harder than it seems)
  • getting deeply involved in family law issues and knowing that a person with no legal experience can walk confidently into a courtroom knowing what they need to know to get their issue resolved
  • taking a trip to the Cook County Domestic Violence Court to learn more about domestic violence issues and watch proceedings take place (it’s eye-opening)
  • answering questions from the general public on their legal aid issues (there are a lot of people out there that need help)
  • learning to draft legal documents and state law into plain English so everyone can understand it (it’s harder than it looks)
  • deepening your understanding of civil law in Illinois and learning more a great group of resourceful people
  • turning a legal document into a Turbo Tax interview
  • learning about the nexus between law and technology. There’s a lot to learn and it is a growing field.
  • knowing that the content you create is going to be online and accessible for those who need it
  • meeting with and providing resources to people dealing with housing issues at the Fiesta Del Sol event in Pilsen!
  • that sense of accomplishment when you’re able help someone walk through their legal aid issue
  • working collaboratively on projects from drafting legal content to preparing and organizing materials to make http://www.illinoislegalaid.org/ a more rewarding experience for the end-user
  • learning about the legal aid community in Chicago and the wonderful resources they provide
  • a fun, friendly, close knit staff and a welcoming work environment
  • friendly nerf ball battles at the end of the day!
  • meeting all the wonderful volunteers and board members you help make the organization run
  • diving into a new issue area that you are unfamiliar with and learning all you can about the topic
  • sharing in a great summer experience!

For those who have come before me as summer interns, PILI Fellows or other volunteers, feel free to add to the list. If you’d like to volunteer and learn more about the organization, please visit: http://illinoislegalaidonline.org/volunteer-ilao

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