Since its establishment, the vision of UCI Law is a school uniquely committed to public service. Our shared commitment to service is the cornerstone of our UCI Law community. In just 10 years, PILF student recipients have contributed over 115,000 hours of legal services to assist underserved communities.
We are challenging ourselves, and you, to collectively help raise funds for 1 stipend at an average of $4,000 each. We can do this together! This year with the largest 1L class in our history, over 225 students, the need for PILF summer stipends is greater than ever. Please join us in supporting PILF so that we can continue our tradition of providing a stipend to every qualified student who has applied for funding.
Why PILF Matters - Our Community Impact
PILF enabled me to empower a community by organizing a communication platform between the community and city permitting officials. The most rewarding part of the experience was writing an emergency memo that helped secure an injunction against the importation of seafood that was being sourced without regard to the precipitous population decline of an endangered species that it caused.
–Justin Berchiolli '19, Natural Resources Defense Council
Without PILF, I would not have been able to live in San Francisco or take this job, which genuinely changed my life path. The most rewarding part of my experience was seeing how appreciative clients can be. One client thanked me several times for spending my summer helping him and working on his case. Sometimes capital clients can be combative or unresponsive to your help, so hearing this one client express how grateful he was made me feel so privileged to be working with him.
–Olivia Meme ‘20, California Appellate Project of San Francisco
Housing issues always interested me, but I didn't know how expansive the problem really is until my employment this summer. I worked at the Shriver Eviction Self-Help Center in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. All the training materials and the constant interaction with vulnerable litigants really opened my eyes to all the factors contributing to homelessness and the housing crisis. I now know that I want to find my place in the battle for affordable housing.
–Alexis Mondares ‘20, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
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