Change lives by changing the system.

Pro bono attorneys and volunteers with Chicago Appleseed work to promote systemic reform at the heart of local and state policies. We conduct research and advocacy in the areas of criminal justice, judicial performance, court reform, and community justice. We identify problems, research their causes, and recommend systemic solutions. Chicago Appleseed is part of a national network of public interest law centers working through and with Appleseed in Washington, D.C.

Interns work closely with our talented staff, committed board members, and blue ribbon task forces comprised of exceptional professionals in their fields. The work you do will directly influence decisions by major policy makers at the city, county, and state level. Commitments are tailored to your availability and strengths, and can range from interviewing experts, drafting memos and articles, developing recommendations and strategies for implementing systemic reform, writing grants, blogging, court watching, and more.