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PILF Auction Moves Downtown

april 18, 2007--boston college club

Going once, going twice… sold! A pie in the face of the Law Review editor to the student in the maroon and gold t-shirt!

10/28/06--Each year, the Law School’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Auction enables Boston College Law students to share their talents with organizations around the country in an effort to further the common good. Once again, it is currently recruiting season at BC Law. Although what comes to mind for many law students and alumni alike is recruiting at law firms around the country, many students choose instead to work for public interest organizations, legal aid societies, and the government. The tricky part, however, is that every intern needs to eat, and pay rent, and public interest internships often are unpaid. Enter the familiar sounds of the PILF Auction.

For the past nineteen years, the money raised through the PILF auction has allowed students to take summer internships with the Legal Aid Society, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Public Defenders’ offices and many more organizations without having to worry whether they will be able to support themselves. Recent alumni may recall with fondness the hopping on-campus event that draws students and faculty to bid on prizes ranging from the delicious (Professor Shear’s Naked People Cookies) to the luxurious (a weekend for ten on Cape Cod). The auction is PILF’s most lucrative fundraising activity, generating over $30,000 last spring – enough money to fund approximately 40 summer stipends.

This year, Auction Chairs Adam Baker and Toni Ann Kruse are taking the auction for a swankier ride, and you are cordially invited to come along. In an effort to double the revenue raised by the event, the auction is moving downtown from the Newton Campus Snack Bar to the Boston College Club. The Club is a beautiful space with panoramic views of Boston where alumni will be able to reconnect with former classmates, converse with current students, and judge the auctioneering chops of some of our favorite professors. PILF is thrilled to bring the auction to the alumni community as a means of keeping you connected and of expanding the law school’s public interest mission.

As part of this expansion, the auction this year will honor esteemed alumnus John “Jack” Curtin, Jr. ’57, founder of the law school’s Mary Daly Curtin and John J. Curtin Jr. Center for Public Interest. Mr. Curtin, Partner at Bingham McCutchen, LLP is a long-time champion of public interest whose commitment to serving others has not gone unnoticed; he was a recipient of The American Lawyer 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award. PILF is delighted that Mr. Curtin will be in attendance to see how public interest thrives at BC Law.

So please save the date of April 18, 2007 for a night of fun and friendship. Come to catch up with former classmates, participate in a significant community event, and witness the passion for public service that drives so many students to set the world aflame.

--Kuang Chiang, ’08 and Barbara Cusumano, ‘08

For more information on the auction please contact:

Toni Ann Kruse

Adam Baker