February 7, 2013

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Auction to raise money for public interest fellows

This year’s annual Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Auction is geared toward giving law students who take summer jobs in public interest fields a fellowship of up to $3,500.

“Employers in these fields typically cannot afford to pay their summer interns, and the fellowships make it easier for everyone,” said Emily Dunlap, a 2L and the event coordinator.

Students have held summer internships in a variety of locations, including Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, and Georgia. The experiences give students a strong background in public interest law in a wide variety of fields. 2L Scott Mayland worked as an intern at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

“One aspect of my work of which I was most proud was my contribution to an amicus brief to the Ohio Supreme Court that several Ohio legal services programs wrote together,” he said. “My experience at LSAC was a great introduction to poverty law and an opportunity to improve my research and writing skills.”

Derek Clinger, a 2L, was able to work as an intern for the Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in Atlanta.

“This was an incredible experience for me, and I know it would not have been possible without support from the Public Interest Law Foundation’s fellowship program,” he said. “During this internship, I had the opportunity to work on the organization’s challenges to restrictive voter photo ID legislation across the country, a challenge to a city’s proposed reapportionment plan, and a variety of other, prominent voting rights issues.”

Andrew Peiffer, a 2L and the president of PILF, worked in the Ohio Poverty Law Center Office.

“My research for the attorneys there introduced me to several areas of the law, including education, housing, and consumer issues, and also exposed me to the realities of public interest work. I came to law school to find a career in service, and PILF made it possible for me learn what such a career might be like,” he said.

In 2012, the auction raised approximately $27,000, and this year PILF hopes to raise even more. Items for both silent and live auction include a variety of gift cards and baskets, a vacation stay in the Moritz family’s South Carolina condo, tickets to sporting events and theme parks, and signed sports memorabilia.

“A category that is very popular with students is the professor donations. (Professors) auction off their time to go to dinner, lunch, or other fun events with students,” Dunlap said.

Tickets to the March 5 auction at the Ohio Union can be purchase in advance at Drinko Hall or on the day of the event. Admission is $5 and includes auctions, food, drinks, dessert and live music. There also will be free babysitting during the event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information about the auction or to make a donation, contact Dunlap at dunlap.226@osu.edu or (740) 704-7239.

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