Auction Raises More Than $68,000 for Public Service Grants

PILA Auction

From left, The Public Interest Law Association's auction board members Emily Kveselis, Rebecca Cohn, Lance Murashige, Shimmy Edwards, and Julianne Jaquith at the "Great Gatsby" themed auction and dance.

November 16, 2012

A mountain biking trip with University of Virginia law professors, burgers and beer with a federal judge, a plane ride over Charlottesville and introductory Mandarin Chinese language lessons were just a few of the prizes UVA Law students bought Saturday night at the Public Interest Law Association's annual auction and dance.

The event at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel raised a total of $68,000 to $69,000, marking the second-highest sum in the event's history. Proceeds from the auction go toward public service grants for first- and second-year UVA Law students.

"The auction was a great success — everyone really enjoyed themselves and we raised a good deal of money for PILA," said Rebecca Cohn, a third-year law student and PILA auction director.

Roughly 580 people attended the auction and bid on more than 280 items and services.

Among the auction's big ticket items was a candlelight dinner for 10 with UVA President Teresa Sullivan and her husband, UVA Law Professor Douglas Laycock. It sold for $1,200.

Another top item was a graduation weekend stay at a home on Garth Road donated by Kate Gilman '12 and her family. It went for $2,300.

A beach week getaway at an Outer Banks, N.C., vacation stay donated by the Black Law Students Association Alumni Council was bought for $1,000. Free passes to get out of citation checks for journals such as the Virginia Journal of International Law and the Virginia Law Review sold for several hundred dollars each. And a number of students bought $1,500 vouchers for BarBri bar exam prep classes for $500 each.

Professors John Setear and Rich Schragger hosted the auction, which had a "Great Gatsby" theme.

"The PILA students always work very hard to make the auction a success, and this year was no exception," Setear said. "I couldn't have had a better co-auctioneer than Professor Schragger. The students at the party always bid very generously at the live auction, and this year was no exception."


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