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The Public Interest Law Initiative promotes the development of new institutions focused on areas such as discrimination and freedom of association.

Columbia is the institutional home of a project sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute and other donors to assist the development of a public interest law infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) promotes the development of new institutions, primarily in the area of clinical legal education and access to justice, as well as the adoption of new legal strategies, in areas such as discrimination and freedom of association. PILI activities at Columbia Law School include a Public Interest Law Fellows Program for young lawyers from the region, a Summer Internship Program for Columbia Law School students and other special projects involving students and Fellows. A wide variety of information and resources relating to public interest law can be found on PILI's website: www.pili.org.

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