Loyola Law Student Wins First Internship Named in Honor of Brinks Attorney and PILI Life Director Jerome Gilson
CHICAGO – Loyola University School of Law student Emily Hardy has been named the Jerome Gilson Honorary Intern by the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI).
Jerome Gilson, a senior shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, is a long-time board member at PILI. Brinks is funding Ms. Hardy’s internship in Mr. Gilson’s honor, and has long supported pro bono programs in Chicago and throughout the state.
“It is immensely gratifying to support the work of an organization that makes such a wide and significant impact on the lives of people in Illinois,” said Mr. Gilson. “Emily Hardy has demonstrated the commitment, work ethic and talent that we seek to involve in awarding these internships.”
Founded in 1977, PILI's mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community so as to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need. Working with 57 public interest law organizations in Illinois, PILI guides attorneys at every stage in their legal careers, from law school students and graduates to senior attorneys, and in every sector of the legal community, from private practice and government to academic and nonprofit, in actualizing their professional responsibilities and personal commitments to equal access to justice. Each summer, PILI provides funding for dozens of 400-hour internships for first and second-year law students.
“The Jerome Gilson Honorary Internship is an incredibly generous and fitting tribute to Jerry’s exemplary and longstanding commitment to PILI and the larger public interest law community,” said Michael Bergmann, Executive Director of PILI.
Ms. Hardy will intern in the Abuse Investigation unit at Equip for Equality, a state-wide advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. Equip for Equality offers self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education. The organization also engages in public policy and legislative advocacy, and conducts abuse investigations and other oversight activities.
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis and Detroit. More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.