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Annual Public Interest Auction Scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013

On Friday, March 1, 2013, the annual Public Interest Auction will be held at Yale Law School. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Law School's Dining Hall. There will be a silent auction in the main hallway of the first floor of the law school during the week before the live action, from Monday, February 25, 2013 to Friday, March 1, 2013. The auction is one of two popular annual events (the other being Law School Prom) sponsored by the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale to raise money to support yearlong post-graduate public interest fellowships.

Last year, the auction raised over $49,000 to support innovative public interest projects that protect the legal rights and interests of inadequately represented groups. The initiative used this money to award grants to three projects. One project works with the Wage Justice Center, using mechanic’s lien litigation to counter wage theft in the underground economy; another collaborates with the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project to combat wage injustice for low-wage immigrant workers through collections advocacy; and the third launches the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project, which aims to reduce the need for legal services within immigrant communities through organizing, education, pro se assistance, and legal advocacy. The initiative hopes to be able to fund just as many cutting-edge projects this year.

The auction collects donations from community businesses, students, and faculty and staff. So far the auction has almost 200 donations from generous donors. These donations range from gift certificates to local restaurants and stores to rock-climbing, dance, language, and speed-walking lessons to dinners and barbecues and pool parties with faculty and staff. For more information about the Initiative for Public Interest Law and the Auction, and for lists of previous years' donations, please visit the website.