The Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO) is a student-run group that works in collaboration with UNC Law and Friends of C-PILO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public interest law among Carolina Law students. C-PILO helps provide grants to students who accept summer internships in the public sector that are low-or non-paying; facilitates a network of support for students interested in pursuing public interest law; exposes the law school community to public interest law; and encourages students to pursue careers in the public sector. Donations are tax-deductible. For questions about donations, please contact Hannah Camenzind. Other questions about what we do? Contact C-PILO President Alex Snow.
Alexandra Snow, 2L
Alex is from Kernersville, North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015 with a double major in Public Policy and Sociology, and a minor in Social and Economic Justice. Prior to law school, Alex worked as a legal assistant at a firm in North Carolina, as well as a firm in Mississippi. Over the 2016 summer, Alex interned at the Office of the Capital Defender, in Durham.
After law school, Alex plans to continue her service in public interest law through a career as a public defender. In her free time, Alex likes to eat at Mexican restaurants, watch Carolina basketball, and star in her friends' social media posts.
Gigi Nemeroff, 2L
Gigi grew up in Atlanta, GA, and attended UNC Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree. She majored in Spanish and Global Studies and minored in Global Cinema Studies. After college, Gigi spent two years in Chapel Hill working as a legal assistant for an Immigration attorney, and volunteering as a court advocate and translator for the Compass Center for Women and Families at Orange County Domestic Violence Court. This past summer Gigi served as a legal intern for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
After law school, Gigi plans to pursue a career in public interest, providing legal assistance to immigrant survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other traumas. In her free time, Gigi likes to hula hoop, watch movies, and look at pictures of adorable animals.
Lauren Margolies, 2L
Lauren is from Long Island, New York and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Leadership Studies. Prior to law school, Lauren spent two years as a legal assistant with a small energy regulatory law firm in Washington, D.C. Since beginning law school, Lauren volunteers at the Crisis Unit at the Orange County Sheriff's Office, assisting victims of domestic violence. Last summer Lauren interned at Appellate Advocates in New York City.
After law school, Lauren plans to continue her passion for working in public interest as a public defender. In her free time, Lauren likes to find the best desserts, watch reality TV, and play with puppies.
Evan King, 2L
Evan grew up in Elon, North Carolina and attended UNC Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, where he received a B.A. in Political Science, and a double major in Peace War & Defense. After graduating in 2014, Evan spent a year working as a legal assistant at both the Pitt County Public Defender, and the Alamance County DA's Office, where he also served as an intern for the DA's re-election campaign. This past summer, Evan interned with the Wake County Public Defender, in Raleigh.
Upon graduation, Evan plans to continue his involvement in the public interest field, working primarily in criminal defense. He hopes to one day serve as a federal public defender in NC. In his free time, Evan enjoys trying to think of things to do in his free time, but instead ends up watching Harry Potter.
Amanda Aragon, 2L
Amanda is from Miami, Florida and graduated from Cornell University in 2015. She double majored in Biology and Society (neurobiology) and Science and Technology Studies (plant science), with a minor in Law. This past summer, Amanda interned at the North Carolina Department of Justice, Department of Land, Groundwater and Waste.
Amanda hopes to pursue a career in environmental law after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and yoga.
Tyler Walters, 2L
Tyler grew up in Buffalo, New York and received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. He double majored in Urban Studies and Political Science. Prior to attending law school, Tyler taught second grade in Memphis, Tennessee as a Teach for America corps member. This past summer, he interned in the Education Section of the NC Department of Justice, in Raleigh.
After law school, Tyler hopes to pursue his passion in public interest law while further advancing juvenile justice. In his free time, Tyler enjoys eating, traveling, and snowboarding.