The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has awarded one of its inaugural Post Graduate Legal Fellowships to Alexis Simmons, a 2014 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law. She will work at the school’s Zeke Giorgi Legal clinic in Rockford, beginning in August.
The foundation launched its Post Graduate Legal Fellowships Program with NIU Law and two other law schools – Loyola University Chicago School of Law and University of Illinois College of Law – to fund public interest jobs for new graduates. IBF will contribute $25,000 to each of the three fellowships and the law schools will fund the remainder. The law schools were charged with selecting the fellowship recipients.
“Alexis was an outstanding choice for our fellowship,” NIU Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea said in a news release. “The fact that she had already excelled as a law student in our Rockford clinic made her stand out, and her impressive resume of additional experience and work with diverse populations sealed the deal. We are thrilled to be able to help launch her career in public interest law.”
NIU Law originally opened the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford in 2001 and added a juvenile program there in 2011. NIU Law also operates a foreclosure mediation clinic in Kane County and health advocacy clinic at Hesed House, a homeless clinic in Aurora, assisting patients with legal matters.