WFU Law School’s PILO Charity Auction raises nearly $14,000

More than half of the Wake Forest University School of Law’s 460 students participated in the annual Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) Charity Auction that raised nearly $14,000.

Each October, PILO sponsors an auction to raise money to fund scholarships for those who are interested in taking summer jobs working in public interest, which are typically unpaid. Last year, PILO provided funding so that students could take dozens of unpaid jobs including a public defender internship in Charlotte and a judicial clerkship in Alaska.

This year’s donated auction items included perennial favorites such as Professor George Walker’s watercolor paintings and a weekend in Professor Suzanne Reynolds’s log cabin. New items this year that drew a buzz were two separate weekends at a Kiawah Island beach house, a Blackberry Curve, four tickets to the Valentine’s Day Hurricanes game and a “dinner and a movie” raffle. This year’s “Mystery Envelope” contained two floor seats to that night’s Carrie Underwood show at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Thanks to heated bidding, some items went for more than $1,000. Everyone who attended the auction received a free 30-day membership to Rush Fitness.

Throughout the year, PILO hosts speakers and events designed to help raise students understanding of public interest law.