Silent Auction Will Raise Money to Fund Summer Public Interest Work
Published: March 12, 2007
All are welcome to participate in Widener Law School's Annual Silent Auction, sponsored by the Public Interest Law Alliance. All money raised in this auction will support students working in unpaid public interest summer internships.

Each year, approximately ten law students receive fellowships that range from approximately $1000 to $3000. As a result of this auction's funding, students have been able to work in a variety of public interest positions. Past recipients have worked at district attorney and public defender offices, as well as in traditional legal services agencies such as Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Women Against Abuse, and the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center.

This year's auction will feature a number of enticing items, including a Nintendo Wii and a one-week stay at a condominium in St. Petersburg, Florida. There will also be numerous gift certificates to area restaurants and salons, as well as gift baskets, tickets to events, sports paraphernalia, and meals with your favorite faculty members. A full list of auction items is available online.

Bids will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the day of the auction. Winners will be announced that evening and they will also be posted in the Library the day after the auction. Winners may pay for and claim their prizes on the night of the auction, or at the Public Interest Resource Center (Room L206) until Friday, April 6, 2007.

The auction is sponsored by the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), a group of students dedicated to public interest work. These students work each year to organize the silent auction for the law school community in order to offer funding to at least some of the students who accept unpaid internships during the summer. Most public interest agencies do not have the funds to pay summer interns, but they do offer exceptional legal experience. These internships are essential for students planning to have careers in public interest law, and they enable law students to provide significant assistance to poor and underrepresented individuals.

Applications for PILA Summer Fellowships are available at the Library Circulation Desk. They must be submitted no later than Monday, April 2, 2007 at 2 p.m. to Joanne Boyle in the Public Interest Resource Center.

Questions about the PILA Auction may be directed to Auction Chairperson, Jennifer Pesavento at For more information about PILA Summer Fellowships, contact PIRC Director, Professor Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, at until March 19, 2007. Thereafter, contact Interim PIRC Director, Professor Alice Eakin, at