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Public Interest Law Center
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.
Jennifer C. Friedman, Esq. - Director
Jennifer joined Pace as the founding Director of the Public Interst Law Center in 2008. She oversees all functions of the PILC and and counsels students and alumni on public interest opportunities, including post-graduate fellowships. In 2011, Jennifer was appointed Executive Director of the Pace Community Law Practice, the law school's legal residency incubator center for recent law graduates. Prior to joining Pace Jennifer was the founder and Director of the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) a pioneering model legal services initiative at Sanctuary for Families that offers pro bono advocacy to domestic violence victims petitioning for orders of protection in New York City's Family Courts. Jennifer is an experienced litigator, having supervised a staff of attorneys who represent domestic violence victims in order of protection, custody, visitation, support, and matrimonial cases and in appellate litigation. Jennifer is a 1993 graduate of Columbia College, and a 1998 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone and Kent Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Jennifer was awarded the New York City Bar Association's Katherine McDonald Award for Service to the Family Courts. In 1998, Jennifer received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and the New York State Bar Association's President's pro bono award. She is also the 2003 recipient of the Columbia Alumna Association's Alumna Achievement Award.