PLISF provides summer grants to highly-qualified law students that work in pro bono, high-needs positions without compensation.
For nearly three decades, The Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF) has helped Pitt Law students keep the lights on while they work in pro-bono, high-needs positions without compensation.
By raising money throughout the year and awarding grants to law students and young alumni who take on public interest employment, PLISF provides students with opportunities they are often otherwise financially deterred from pursuing.
THANK YOU. As a result of PLISF’s efforts throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, PLISF was able to distribute over $20,000 in grants to 10 students undertaking public interest employment in the summer of 2014. The Annual Spring Auction is PLISF’s primary fundraising event. In reaching out to the Pittsburgh community, PLISF secures donations from area businesses, law firms, and individuals. This community support provides the majority of the items sold during the auction, as well as monetary donations that directly fund grants.
Having established a solid foundation for promoting public interest at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, PLISF has undertaken a new challenge. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the PLISF board has set a lofty goal of $50,000.00 - representing over 20 fulltime summer grants and Loan Repayment Assistants Prorgram donations to qualifying alumni.
PLISF is pleased to announce that this year the Pitt Law Administration has allocated a full summer scholarship dedicated to a female student working in a female advocacy organization. Please join us in thanking Dean Carter for this generous award.
PLISF Grant Recipients have worked at local, national, and international organizations including: ACLU Allegheny County; District Attorney; Bayer Center for NonProfit Management; Community Justice Project; Cook County Public Guardian; Environmental Council; Department of Environmental Protection; Forum for Women, Law, and Development; Nepal Lawyers for Democracy; Serbia Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection; National League of Cities; United Sikhs; US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; US Dept. of Interior; US Dept. of Justice; Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh; Women's Law Project; World Organization for Human Rights; and JURIST.