Karaoke, Carrels, and Cheese for Public Interest

August 28, 2020

What do a karaoke night with law professors, a first carrel choice in the library, and an evening of fine cheeses with a law dean from Wisconsin all have in common? They have all been donated in years past to raise money for the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) at its annual auction. The well-established and well-attended tradition has raised thousands of dollars to help students participate in unpaid public interest externships. Last year, the auction helped Andrew Evans (’19) assist over 60 veterans with legal challenges in his hometown. The auction also helped Katie Rane (’20) travel to Texas to assist women and children seeking asylum. “It was an incredible experience that helped me see how the law affects real people,” Rane said. “I gained experiences that I could not have received in a law school classroom or in a paid internship position.” The event is now expanding its scope. For the first time, law school alumni are encouraged to donate and bid alongside students and faculty. A live auction will be held at the law school on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 11:30 am. Alumni are invited to hit an ATM and then come join students and faculty for some pizza and bidding shenanigans. Alumni can also donate goods or services to be auctioned. In addition to the live event, an online silent auction will be held this year for alumni, faculty, and students.  UPDATE: Thank you to all who made the PILF Auction a great success!  This year, the auction raised $6,422, which is double the amount raised last year.