UVA Law Auction for Public Service Raises $35,000 for Summer Jobs

Professors Kimberly Ferzan and Thomas Nachbar lead the live PILA Auction

Professors Kimberly Ferzan and Tom Nachbar led the live auction at the Jefferson Theater.

November 5, 2015

The Public Interest Law Association at the University of Virginia School of Law hosted its annual auction Oct. 30, raising more than $35,000 for students who will be working in public interest jobs during the summer.

"We also have thousands of dollars worth of items left to auction off, so we expect that number will only continue to grow," PILA President Reedy Swanson said. "We've been overwhelmed by the student body's support so far."

The masquerade-themed event, held at the Jefferson Theater and hosted by Professors Kimberly Ferzan and Tom Nachbar, included live bidding among students.

Items up for bid included dessert for 10 with UVA Law professor Douglas Laycock and his wife, UVA President Teresa Sullivan, tickets to a Washington Nationals game, and a singing telegram from student group A Cappellate Opinions. UVA Law faculty and staff also had the opportunity to bid on items in absentia.

PILA bidder
Students bid on auction items.

Swanson said items that remain to be bid on include full tuition vouchers for bar prep courses.

In October, PILA and the Law School announced a new plan to guarantee summer job funding for first- and second-year law students who wish to work in the public interest and who meet eligibility requirements.

Last year's 84 grant recipients worked in a variety of settings, including federal, state and local government offices, at nonprofit organizations and internationally. (Where PILA Grantees Worked)

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