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Public Interest Law Center

PILC Programs

The Public Interest Law Center (“PILC”) was created in 2008 to bring together Pace Law School’s many public interest activities and programs, support students in their aspirations to become public interest attorneys, and to provide comprehensive public interest career development services.

The PILC assists students to secure summer internships and post graduate fellowships and offers a full calendar of career panels, speakers, and workshops.

The PILC's Public Interest Summer Fellowship provides funds for students working at unpaid summer internships ranging from direct legal services to margenalized communities to international human rights to district attorneys offices to environmental advocacy. 

Our Pro Bono Justice Program offers opportunities for students to get off campus and into the community, where they provide legal assistance in areas ranging from mortgage foreclosure and predatory lending to domestic violence, consumer credit, and community legal education.

Our Staff

Elyse Diamond, Esq. (formerly Moskowitz)
Director, Public Interest Careers
(914) 422-4219

Elyse is the Director, Public Interest Careers, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Topics in Legal Theory: The Second Circuit each fall and spring semester. In the Center for Career & Professional Development, Elyse provides counseling to students and alumni who are interested in careers in the public and private sector and assists them in identifying internships and post-graduate positions in federal, state and local government, in prosecuting offices, at private firms and in corporate settings. Elyse also creates and updates specialized career guides including Pace’s Guide to Legal Careers in Government, conducts professional development programs and career panels, handles administrative responsibilities in the CCPD, and writes about career and professional development issues. Elyse received her JD, cum laude, from Fordham Law School, where she was a member of the FORDHAM LAW REVIEW. Elyse joined Pace Law School as an Adjunct Professor of Law in 2001 teaching Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Simulation and, for several years, Criminal Law and Legal Writing and Analysis. Prior to joining Pace, Elyse spent three years as a full-time faculty (non-tenured) member at Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts where she taught Legal Practice Skills. Elyse started her legal career as a litigation associate at large law firms in New York and Boston.

Leigh-Ann Enyame, MS
Project Coordinator, Public Interest Law Center 
(914) 422-4355
Leigh-Ann is responsible for the coordination of the PILC’s many programs for students and alumni, including the Pro Bono Justice Program, the PILSO Online Auction and Summer Fellowship Program, and a number of lectures and events throughout the year. Additionally, she provides administrative support to the PILC and CCPD focusing on students seeking careers in public interest and the public sector. Prior to working at the Public Interest Law Center, Leigh-Ann managed integrated marketing campaigns and communications strategies for a local nonprofit and a NYC trade association. She has also worked as an editorial assistant at Oxford University Press and spent two years as the office manager of the Pace Women’s Justice Center at the Law School. She holds an MS in Publishing from Pace University and a BA from Manhattanville College where she studied Communications and Sociology.