Despite the threat of an approaching blizzard, the Public Interest Law Center’s 36th annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair hosted more than 1,800 law students on February 7 and 8, along with more than 400 representatives from 228 public interest organizations looking for the best talent. Some employers came from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii to attend the largest event of its kind in the U.S.

“The PILC Fair is truly a celebration of public interest legal careers,” said Denise Tomasini-Joshi, assistant dean for public service. “We were thrilled to welcome so many guests who demonstrated their commitment to public interest careers in facing down Winter Storm Nemo. The fair serves as a source of sought-after summer and permanent jobs for students, and a valuable hiring resource and reunion for employers. NYU is delighted to provide this service for the nation’s public interest community.”

Among the 21 law schools from across the country participating were Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, Cornell Law School, Fordham University School of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Brooklyn Law School. NYU Law students took part in more than 850 interviews with participating employers.

Lisa Pinto, who traveled to the fair on behalf of the office of George Brauchler, the district attorney of Colorado’s 18th Judicial District who is handling the Aurora theater shooting case, said, "I was delighted to attend the fair and to meet such a wide array of talented and dynamic potential prosecutors. To achieve justice, our office must recruit the most dedicated and ethical young lawyers we can find. I met with 43 students from a variety of law schools. They were articulate and had demonstrated by their internships a commitment to public service."

Posted on February 15, 2013