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Public Interest Auction Raises over $116,000 to Support Law School’s Public Interest Fellowship Program

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Law School community’s strong commitment to serving the common good was on display at the 18th annual Public Interest Auction. Students, faculty, administrators, and alumni came together to Bid One Bid All at the circus-themed event sponsored by the Public Interest Center, Public Interest Law Students Association (PILSA), and BarBri. Through silent and live auctions and other festivities, the event had another successful year, raising over $116,000 to support public interest fellowships for St. John’s Law students. 

"It was truly an amazing experience to work with all the volunteers to craft a successful event that supports much-needed service in the public interest in and around New York City,” said PILSA executive board member Nicholas Bebirian ’14. “Seeing the dedication of fellow students, faculty members, and alumni to the cause made me realize how truly special St. John's Law is." 

Auctioneer Amy Papola again brought her signature excitement and energy to the event. Auction items included theater, concert, and sporting event tickets; autographed memorabilia; gift baskets; and much more. Participants also vied for experiences with faculty and administrators, including dinner at the home of Dean Michael A. Simons and a weekend in Vermont with Vice Dean Emeritus Andrew Simons. Professor John P. Clarke donated two full summer public interest fellowships and the Law School Alumni Association, Erica B. Fine ’82, Andrea Alonso ’81, Kevin Faley ’83, Kathleen and Emmett Agoglia ’58, and BarBri donated full summer public interest fellowships. Several other alumni and friends contributed partial fellowships and other monetary and in-kind donations.

“I’m thrilled that the auction was such a success,” said Rachel D. Andron, Director of the Public Interest Center. “PILSA’s 3L Executive Board and volunteers worked tirelessly and our donors ― administration, faculty, alumni, local vendors, and students ― were incredibly generous.” Thanks to this collaborative effort, students will have the support they need to work in the public interest this summer and engage in public service projects.

“The Law School’s Public Interest Fellowship Program embodies St. John’s Vincentian mission, which is rooted in compassion for the poor and zeal for service,” said Dean Simons. “The auction’s success allows our students to fulfill that mission while simultaneously gaining valuable hands-on experience in solving legal problems.”