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Public Interest Law Center

PILC Programs

The Public Interest Law Center (“PILC”) was created in 2008 to bring together Pace Law School’s many public interest activities and programs, support students in their aspirations to become public interest attorneys, and to provide comprehensive public interest career development services.

The PILC assists students to secure summer internships and post graduate fellowships and offers a full calendar of career panels, speakers, and workshops.

The PILC's Public Interest Summer Fellowship provides funds for students working at unpaid summer internships ranging from direct legal services to margenalized communities to international human rights to district attorneys offices to environmental advocacy. 

Our Pro Bono Justice Program offers opportunities for students to get off campus and into the community, where they provide legal assistance in areas ranging from mortgage foreclosure and predatory lending to domestic violence, consumer credit, and community legal education.

Our Staff

Elyse Diamond, Esq. (formerly Moskowitz)
Director, Public Interest Careers
(914) 422-4219

Elyse is the Director for Public Sector Careers in the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) and heads the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) arm of the CCPD.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law, supervising student contributors for the Second Circuit for the ABA Media Alerts Project. In the CCPD and PILC, Elyse focuses on advising students and alumni who are interested in public sector careers and assists them in identifying internships and post-graduate positions in legal not-for-profit public interest advocacy and policy organizations, in federal, state and local government, and in prosecuting and defender offices.  Elyse also serves as the federal and state judicial clerkship advisor, including serving as the OSCAR administrator, and is the Career Development counseling liaison to Pace Law’s criminal justice, environmental law, and public interest programs.  Elyse has created or updated numerous specialized career guides, regularly conducts a wide array of professional development programs, and writes about career and professional development issues. Along with the PILC Project Coordinator, Elyse manages the PILSO/PILC Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program and Pro Bono Justice Program.  Elyse received her JD, cum laude, from Fordham Law School, where she was a member of the Fordham Law Review. Elyse joined Pace Law School as an Adjunct Professor of Law in 2001 teaching Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Simulation and, for several years, Criminal Law and Legal Writing and Analysis. Prior to joining Pace, Elyse spent three years as a full-time legal practice skills faculty member at Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Elyse started her legal career as a litigation associate at large law firms in New York and Boston.

Kelly McInnis
Project Coordinator, Public Interest Law Center 
(914) 422-4355

Kelly has a communications degree from Southern Connecticut State University and, over the past several years, she has served as a manager at not-for-profit arts centers including, most recently, at the Westport Country Playhouse.  Kelly also has served as a freelance stage manager and production assistant at Pace’s own Inside the Actors Studio and regularly engages in volunteer community service work in and around Stamford, CT.