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The Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale

2013-2014 Events
  • Public Interest Book Sale: At the beginning of each semester
  • Yale Law Public Interest Auction: March 7, 2014
  • Yale Law Prom: March 29, 2014
  • Grant Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

The Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale is a non-profit organization that provides start-up money for projects that protect the legal rights or interests of inadequately represented groups. The Initiative funds innovative projects that may have difficulty obtaining money from other sources due to the subject matter of the project or the approach taken by the project. We fund cutting-edge projects whose successful execution might be a model for other organizations seeking new and better ways to represent clients.This year we hope to fund two projects with $35,000 grants. Additionally, the Initiative may choose to award  partial grants of lesser amounts.

The Initiative conducts several activities every year to raise the money for these grants. Annual fundraising events include several used book sales, the Public Interest Auction, and the Yale Law School Formal (also known as the Prom).  The Initiative also relies on donations from the legal community, Yale Law alumni, and Yale Law students to supplement its fundraising events.  Donations should be sent to P.O. Box 200100, New Haven, CT 06520, and checks should be made payable to "The Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale." 

To learn more about the Initiative and our recent grant recipients, please see the tabs on the left.  If you have any questions about applying for a grant or want to get involved in the fundraising process please feel free to contact the Chairs, Jiacheng Yu and Alicia Sanchez, at InitiativeForPublicInterest@gmail.com.

April 10, 2014

Valerie Belair-Gagnon Named Executive Director of YLS Information Society Project

The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School has announced the appointment of Valerie Belair-Gagnon as its new executive director, effective June 1, 2014. Belair-Gagnon will assume her new responsibilities following the departure of Margot Kaminski ’10, who has served as executive director since 2011.
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