Center for Public Interest Law

The Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) protects underlying democratic values through advocacy and education, creating systemic and far-reaching change at the state level, and advocating before all three branches of government for those who do not have the leverage to advocate for themselves – consumers, the poor, and children­ – and other diffuse interests such as the environment and future generations.CPIL particularly focuses its attention on state regulatory agencies because they are increasingly important, and are highly susceptible to unmonitored abuse by those with a profit-stake interest in the outcome of their decisionmaking; in fact, CPIL is often the lone public interest advocates appearing before these agencies.

CPIL pushes the government to develop inclusive policies, and urge government leaders to serve the public and not monied special interests.  As an independent academic institution at the University of San Diego School of Law, CPIL trains future public interest lawyers to do the same.