Alumni and Friends Invited to Attend the 2007 PILF Auction on March 1
This year’s PILF Auction will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mershon Auditorium lobby in the Wexner Center for the Arts. The event includes both a live and silent auction, a “Poker with the Profs” tournament, food and drinks, and a great opportunity for students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the local legal community to gather and celebrate justice for all.
Examples of the hundreds of items to be auctioned off include lunch with an Ohio Supreme Court justice, a football signed by OSU football Coach Jim Tressel, dinner for two at a local restaurant, a week at a beach house in the Virgin Islands, and tickets to a premier sporting event.
Kathleen Clyde, PILF’s president, notes, “With help from the University, the Moritz Student Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association as underwriters, every dollar raised at the Auction goes directly to fund law students through the PILF fellowship program. The Auction has raised between $30,000 to $40,000 for fellowships each of the last five years.”
Funds from the Auction support the PILF summer fellowship program. The program allows students to work in public interest organizations and government agencies, which are unable to pay their salaries, but are reliant upon student work to help them serve thousands of clients and to work on pressing public interest issues. The organizations and their clients are not the only beneficiaries—students learn skills they will be able to use throughout their legal careers.
In 2006, PILF funded 15 fellowships at organizations throughout the world, including Equal Justice Foundation, Ohio State Legal Services Association, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Texas Civil Rights Project, International Justice Mission Thailand, and Community and Refugee Immigration Service.
PILF is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) student organization, the largest at Moritz Law with more than 200 members, dedicated to promoting public interest causes on the law school campus, and supporting student involvement in public service and public interest work. This group is lead by a nine-member board of second-year law students.
Support from alumni and friends is even more crucial this year, Kathleen says, because “This year, PILF is increasing our fellowship amount from $3,000 to $3,500, to better reflect what other law schools around the country are doing and the actual cost of living for one summer. We also anticipate an increase in applications. Therefore, we must increase our financial support.”
Monetary donations, or donations of items or services for auction, can
be directed to:
Public Interest Law Foundation
c/o Kathleen Clyde (President)
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
All donations are tax deductible and go directly to fund PILF fellows.