PILO auction raises more than $10,000 for public interest work

This year’sannual Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) Charity Auction at the Wake Forest University School of Law succeeded in raising more than $10,000 to benefit students’ pro bono legal work.

“I think people had a good time, and we were able to raise money for a good cause,” said PILO auction organizer Aisha Forte (’12). 

Both students and faculty packed the room as dozens of items donated by both faculty and staff were auctioned off. A few of the most coveted items included a private jet trip to Charleston, S.C., two watercolor paintings by Professor George Walker, and a private carrel in the library. 

“The bidding process was pretty entertaining and competitive, there were few items that went back and forth for around 10 minutes,” said Forte.  

This year’s master of ceremonies for the auction was sports broadcaster and Wake Forest law alumnus Jason Benetti (‘11).  Student Bar Association President Matthew McClellan served as the D.J

All of the funds totaling $10,164.25 raised in the auction will be put toward aiding students in pursuing unpaid, public interest legal work, according to organizers. 

PILO annually 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. PILO has provided funding so that students could take dozens of unpaid jobs in recent years, including two public defender internships in Alaska.

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