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Annual PILO charity auction raises more than $15,000 for scholarships

This fall’s annual Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) Charity Auction at the Wake Forest University School of Law raised more than $15,000, according to organizers.

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 two public defender internships in Alaska.

More than half of the school’s nearly 500 students participated in year’s auction on Friday, Oct. 23, that raised $15,476 compared with about $14,000 last year, said PILO auction organizer Will Morgan, who is a third-year law student.

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. There were also new items at this year’s auction that drew the students’ attention, Morgan said. One item that created a lot of buzz was Professor Michael Green’s offer to include the winning bidder’s name in an illustration to be published in the Third Restatement of Torts, of which Professor Green is a co-reporter.

"We had an incredible show of support this year,” Morgan said. “We were able to offer over 100 items, and that would not have been possible without all of the generous donations of the faculty and staff. The students really did their part as well — from the student volunteers to the ones that opened up their checkbooks at the auction. I think the fact that we had such as successful auction despite the slim economic times shows the dedication of the Wake Forest community to this worthy cause."

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