3/15/2005

10th Annual PILA Auction Brings Second-Highest Results

Proceeds total $50,000

The Public Interest Law Association, a student-run nonprofit organization promoting public service at the University of Washington School of Law, has done it again. The groups 10th annual auction on Feb. 19 drew an impressive crowd of students, faculty, staff and supporters to the HUB ballroom on the UW campus and raised a total of $50,000.

The PILA Board of Directors is very proud of this years achievements and is extremely thankful for the tremendous financial and volunteer support it received from our schools alumni, students, faculty and the greater business community, said Dustin Yeager, treasurer of PILA. This years fundraising efforts will allow PILA to award approximately $42,000 in grants to students spending their summers working for legal entities involved in public interest issues. Additionally, PILA will be able to continue its support of the newly forming UW School of Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program by contributing an additional $8,000 to the project. Hopefully, over the next year, LRAP will be up, running and administering funds to recent graduates beginning public interest legal careers.

Bidders could choose from approximately 290 items, including authentic silk and wool Persian carpets, a week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexcio, a silver necklace with pearls and diamonds from Ben Bridge Jeweler, day-long sailing trips, music and dance lessons, babysitting services for stressed parents, home-brewed beer, artwork and a photo safari for two on a private game reserve in Zululand, South Africa. The famous dessert auction, with attractions such as Tiramisu, chocolate mousse crme brule and a sumptuous selection of cakes, pies and tarts, proved as popular as ever.

A new element this year was the Public Interest Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have made important contributions to the UW community through public interest legal work. Ishbel Dickens 02 and Signe Dortch 99 are the inaugural inductees. Dickens has been an advocate for mobile home owners for 15 years, while Dortch has helped hundreds of immigrant domestic abuse survivors obtain permanent resident status.

A special thank you also goes to the following organizations that made significant grant contributions:

2005-2006 Full Grant Sponsors

  • Foster Pepper & Shefelman PPLC
  • UW School of Law Deans Discretionary Fund
  • The Kathy and Steve Berman Environmental Law Clinic
  • University of Washington School of Law faculty

Lively bidding in the HUB ballroom

Assistant Dean Sandra Madrid and Professor Robert Aronson enjoy the evening

Auctioneer in action

Excited student bidders

Seeing is better than believing, but a test drive beats all

Glamour shot

Money makes the auction go round

Dean Emeritus Roland Hjorth enjoys the party

Dean Joe Knight and his wife Susan Mask