Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Public Interest Law Society Auction

Please join us for the 24th annual PILS Auction:

"PILS Presents Chicago in the Roaring Twenties"

Thursday, February 7, 2013
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Regents Hall
Lewis Towers, 16th Floor
111 E. Pearson Street


What Is the PILS Auction?

The PILS Auction, held annually, is the major fundraising effort of the Public Interest Law Society (PILS), a student organization within the School of Law.  It is through this effort and other yearly efforts of the student members of PILS that Loyola is able to offer grants to support the work of Loyola law students who devote their summers to working in otherwise unpaid public interest law positions.

The PILS Auction is the biggest student event of the year, and features both silent and live auctions.  The event often raises thousands of dollars each year, with all proceeds benefitting the PILS Public Interest Summer Stipend program.  The Auction is entirely student-run and student-organized.

PILS was founded to foster awareness of the continuing need for legal services for the disadvantaged, and to support the aspirations of those students who seek careers in public interest law.  For more information on PILS, please see our student organization profile.

Schedule of Events

9:30 pm - Second Silent Auction Begins
9:45 pm - Live Auction Ends
10:30 pm - Second Silent Auction Ends

Support PILS

If you desire to make a financial donation to PILS, please click here and choose "Public Interest Fellowships (PILS)" from the Direct Your Gift drop-down menu.  Donations to the Fellowships support public interest students working in unpaid public interest positions over the summer.

If you are interested in donating an item or service for the auction, or if you have any donation-related questions, please email Ryan Costello (rcostello2@luc.edu) or Megan Fahey (mfahey1@luc.edu).  We thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Summer Fellowships

Your kind support helps us strengthen our mission of supporting the public interest community and supporting Loyola law students who might not otherwise be able to spend their summers using their talents and skills to assist those in need.

Meet three (of over 20) students who received PILS stipends in 2011:

Sarms Jabra:  Legal Assistance Foundation

Sarms Jabra

PILS funding helped me protect democracy in Michigan. I spent my summer working at the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice to repeal Public Act 4, an egregious law that allowed the governor to take control of city governments and dissolve union contracts. Voters finally struck down the law this November in a statewide ballot measure, supported by Sugar Law. Having helped put the measure on the ballot, I felt empowered. I realized the profound impact my education could have on my home state.

PILS funding made my summer experience possible. Now that I am back at Loyola, I rely on my summer experience to guide my legal education. As I constantly seeking out that empowerment for my community and myself. Working at Sugar Law, I learned the value behind community lawyering, not just for the people I served, but also for my personal progression. I am very grateful to PILS for helping me that gain that experience.




Tina Tran:  Cabrini Green Legal Aid

This past summer I interned at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) in the criminal records department. If you are not already familiar with CGLA, you should be. One of the really special things about CGLA is its holistic approach to providing legal services to low-income families. Not only do the attorneys, staff members, and volunteers merely seek to solve a client’s pressing legal issue, but they really seek to look at CGLA clients in their entirety, and really strive to leave clients better than they were when they came in.

I am very appreciative of the PILS stipend I received this past summer. Choosing between the multitude of wonderful public interest opportunities and the need to figure out how to cover expenses in the summer can be a difficult decision to make. The PILS stipend made that a much easier decision to make. I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given to intern at CGLA. It has been my most memorable and greatest experience I have had during law school, thus far. I will never forget the friendship bonds that I formed or the people that I helped serve.

Graham Bowman:  National Health Law Program

Graham Bowman, 3L

I spent this past summer working at the National Health Law Program(NHeLP) in D.C. NHeLP is a non-profit law firm that has expertise in Medicaid, reproductive health, and health care reform. It was a great summer; and I was fortunate to be in the Capital when the Supreme Court handed down its historic decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

I arrived in D.C in early June. There was a silently pessimistic mood among public interest advocates. It was only after the decision that many of my co-workers admitted how sure they were that major portions of the law would be struck down. Before the decision, “wait and see...but it will probably be bad,” was all anyone would say. Everyone kept moving forward with their work, while at the same time maintaining a fairly strong expectation that much of what they were hoping to achieve would be made impossible by the Court.

The decision took everyone by surprise. The room erupted in cheers. No one expected that Chief Justice Roberts would cast the critical vote saving the law. By casting that vote, Roberts assured that almost all low income individuals would have access to health insurance. For the rest of the summer there was an obvious sense of renewed hope and excitement. Health reform was going to happen, and uninsured people across the country were going to gain access to health care.

The PILS Summer stipend provided me with the support I needed to be able to work in D.C during this critical event in the United State’s history. I am very grateful for all the Auction did for me and look forward to hearing about the opportunities it opened up for this year’s recipients as well.

Thank you for your interest in the PILS Auction.
We look forward to seeing you on February 16th!