UPDATE: PILP Class of 2020-21 Application Deadline Extended

Due to the ongoing public health crisis and the declaration by Governor Baker of a 30-day state of emergency in the Commonwealth, the original deadline to apply for the PILP class of 2020-21 has been extended. The safety, health and well-being of our members, our staff and the greater community in which we all live and work remain our first priority.

Public Interest Leadership Program

The Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession and the Commonwealth.

In 2002, Chief Judge Mark Wolf and then-BBA President Michael Keating began discussing the need for younger lawyers to become more engaged as community leaders earlier in their careers. One year later, PILP was launched to help new lawyers understand the meaning of community leadership and develop lasting connections beyond their existing legal networks.

PILP relies on law firms and other organizations to nominate promising candidates and support future leaders’ participation in the program.

This selective program attracts a diverse group of talented, motivated attorneys who have:

  • Graduated law school within the last 10 years
  • Demonstrated a commitment to pro bono and public service
  • Have a history of organizing bar action

PILP participants connect with prominent community leaders at meetings and events, learn about the challenges confronting local organizations and take part in efforts to address specific community needs. After completing the 14-month program, graduates enter a growing network of over 200 accomplished alumni who provide mentoring and support to their successors.

How to apply:

To apply for the PILP 2020-2021 program, download the application here and return it to Douglas Newton, dnewton@bostonbar.org

Questions?  Reach out to Doug Newton at dnewton@bostonbar.org or 617-778-1918.

The Boston Bar Foundation

The Leadership Development Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation provides critical support for the Public Interest Leadership Program. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please contact Erica Southerland at esoutherland@bostonbar.org or (617) 778-1930.