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Annual PILF Auction hopes to be biggest, most successful yet

February 11, 2015 | Events

This year, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is working to make its annual auction the biggest and most successful yet. The event, scheduled for Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium, will raise money for the group’s fellowship fund, which provides support to law students engaged in public interest and public service legal work.

PILF is a non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting legal involvement in the public sector. The organization has helped Moritz students work across the country, and in some instances, across the globe, providing services to struggling legal aid offices and other public interest entities in a time of significant financial and staff reductions.

In addition to raising awareness for these agencies and the work they do, PILF reduces financial barriers for those wishing to serve in the public sector by offering fellowships to law students who accept low-paying or non-paying public interest positions during the summer.

Beyond mere monetary support, these fellowships provide students a way to develop their legal skills, and most importantly, strengthen their commitment to public interest work, which is likely to continue once they are in practice.

PILF summer fellowships are funded, in large part, by the proceeds of the annual PILF Auction. Last year alone the event raised more than $50,000 to support Moritz students pursuing valuable public service work.

The annual auction started in 2000 as a lunchtime event held in the Moritz student lounge. It has since grown into a major event, routinely drawing hundreds of attendees including law students, professors, and members of the Columbus legal and professional communities.

There will be both live and silent auctions at this year’s fundraising event with a number of desirable gifts, packages, and other items up for bid. Ohio State National Championship memorabilia, a Vegas vacation home, Cavs tickets, Ohio State tickets, and a number of donations from professors including dinners, supplemental materials they have authored, game nights at their homes, lunches, and other activities, including croquet and a personal “fly-over” in a professor’s husband’s plane, will be featured at this year’s auction.

“Every single dollar raised is given back to the students and the community in the form of PILF fellowships. By raising money at the auction, PILF is able to help students achieve their professional dreams, allowing them to work the jobs that they want, without having to worry about the financial burden of working for free,” explained PILF President 2L Mandi Grandjean.

“Often the populations that these students work with are underrepresented, marginalized, cannot afford to receive help, and are at one of the lowest points of their lives. Every person who purchases a ticket to the auction, or bids on an item, can be sure that their money is going directly to those Moritz students who will change the world by helping those who are most vulnerable.”

Those interested in supporting PILF’s mission can donate an item or items to the auction. Donors will have their business names placed in the event program, which is distributed to all members of the Moritz College of Law community, and be given a ticket to the event. To ensure a place in the program, donations must be received by Friday, February 13th 2015.

Click here to learn more about PILF and the annual action.