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Another Successful PILF Annual “Silent Auction Extraordinaire”

Published: April 17, 2012
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PILF’s Annual “Silent Auction Extraordinaire”  was a success once again this year.

The Public Interest Law Foundation event, held on the second floor foyer Friday, April 13, drew a great crowd of bidders and had a very festive atmosphere.

Among the silent auction items were Bowling with Professors Golden, Semeraro, Kreit, and Dean Mitnick; Wine and Cheese with Professors Bisom-Rapp, Durst, and Herrera; Lunch with Professors Delman and Markey; and other really fun-sounding professor donations.

This year, once again, the live auctioneer was the inimitable Professor Thom Golden, who put some great items up for bid, such as tickets to see rocker Chris Isaak, Padres Field Level tickets, Symphony tickets, Del Mar racing passes, a Hornblower Cruise and a lot more.

PILF also handed out several awards, including special recognition for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, the Legal Aid Society and the Family Justice Center. Also, a special award went to Professor Marybeth Herald for all her hard work and support on behalf of PILF.

“It was also important for us to continue honoring local public interest law organizations who have provided our members with invaluable internships,”  said PILF President Stephanie Lamson 2L. “I believe that by recognizing these organizations' advocacy and dedication, while raising scholarship funds for our members, helps convey our commitment to and the importance of public interest law.”

PILF organizers say the event raised at least $10,000 and proceeds from the annual auction go directly to a scholarship fund, which then assists students in their unpaid pursuit of summer public interest internships in public interest law.  Most of these internships are unpaid, and we would like to be able to provide our students with funding to live while engaging in this work.

“This year's auction was a great success,” said Lamson. “We are truly thankful for everyone who made it out.... especially making it in the rain! It was wonderful to see our months of hard work pay off and come together into one fun and lively event. We are incredibly thankful for the generous donations from our students, faculty, and local community. Many thanks also deserve to go out to our wonderful

PILF volunteers and TJSL events staff who made the event itself possible. “