Richard A.J. Prebil

Current Location: Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Naperville, IL

UIS Degree: B.A. 2014 (History & Legal Studies)

Other Degree: J.D. 2017, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Current Position:
Equal Justice Works Fellow & Director of the Veterans Administrative Law Division at the Military Assistance Project (Philadelphia, PA)

Career Highlights:
“My biggest accomplishment has been being able to use my education (both from law school and UIS) to help establish and operate a project within an already existing non-profit organization to be able to provide free legal services for veterans, current military members, and their spouses currently experiencing (or at-risk of experiencing) homelessness or living near the poverty line. Through an interdisciplinary, trauma-informed, approach, I have been able to understand not only my clients’ legal problems, but also how their social and medical problems impact their lives, and how the law can be used truly as an instrument of healing.”

How did UIS change or prepare you?
“Getting a degree in Legal Studies at UIS allowed me to be prepared, more than I ever could have imagined, for law school. Legal research and writing were key courses, which allowed me to really understand what I was in for and give me a leg-up before entering law school. Furthermore, the Capital Scholars Honors Program devotion to interdisciplinary learning, helped me see that an issue effecting someone’s life may have multiple answers, and should be viewed from multiple directions, not fragmented, in order to provide the best assistance. I am forever thankful to the amazing professors for their tireless work to ensure that we are as prepared as possible.”

Memories of UIS
“My favorite memory of UIS was being involved with the Student Activities Committee (SAC). From just helping out with Springfest (great event at UIS) to being elected chairman, the last half of my time at UIS was defined by my work with Student Life. While I enjoyed learning, it was nice to get away and do something fun—trying to see what students at the school wanted to do and then trying to get them to do it. Planning events and everything that SAC entailed was pretty awesome! Being able to go to conferences to see people from all across the region and learn about student affairs was just an amazing perk. And yeah maybe the whole sitting in an auditorium for four days while musicians, comedians, and speakers entertained you wasn’t too bad either!”

Interesting Fact
“In what little spare time I have, I love to watch good movies and TV (personal favorites include: Hercules (yes, the Disney version—well pretty much any Disney movie), A Few Good Men, Gangs of New York, Mama Mia, pretty much anything MARVEL, The Office, Gilmore Girls, and The West Wing); I try to catch my St. Louis Cardinals playing whenever I can and when they’re not I cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles; and don’t forget about the awesomeness of exploring the GREATEST CITY IN THE US—Philadelphia, PA. ”


Posted on August 29, 2018