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PILF auction to take over ‘The Shoe’

February 28, 2014 | Events

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s annual Public Interest Law Foundation Auction will be held March 6 at Ohio Stadium, and there are hundreds of items upon which to bid.

The auction will consist of both a silent and live component in the spacious Huntington Club. Available for bidding on are gift cards and baskets, dinners with faculty, tickets to sporting events and theme parks, memorabilia, and more. Free tours of the stadium, food, and music will be provided. Admission is $10, and a cash bar will be available.

All proceeds from the auction go toward Public Interest Fellowships for law students. These fellowships provide support to law students who engage in public interest and public service legal work across the country and, on occasion, around the world.

Throughout the year, the Public Interest Law Foundation raises money to fund the robust summer fellowship program. The nonprofit group’s annual auction started in 2000 as a lunchtime event held in the student lounge at the Moritz College of Law. It raised a few thousand dollars.

The event has grown into a major gala, routinely drawing hundreds of attendees – primarily law students, their professors, and members of the Columbus legal community. In 2013, the auction attracted more than 300 attendees and raised about $37,000 for fellowships.

Attending the Auction is a great opportunity to show support for public service and public interest work. Supporting PILF’s fellowship program allows struggling legal aid offices and other public interest entities to obtain crucial, additional workers to help them fulfill their mission in a time of significant financial and staff reductions. By helping these organizations, students also are helping their clients, who are the direct recipients of the greater service these additional employees make possible.

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.