Public Interest Law Organization’s auctions raise $18,000 for summer grants

The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) raised $18,000 from its annual online and live auctions, which are held to raise money to provide grants for students with unpaid public interest internships during the summer.

The online auction was held from Feb. 3 – 10. The live auction on Feb. 11 in the Law Commons. It was open to Wake Forest Law students, faculty, staff and alumni, with Professors Michael Green and Ralph Peeples serving as the auctioneers.

PILO promotes Wake Forest’s tradition of training lawyers who serve not only their clients, but also their communities, state and nation. PILO works with the Office of Career Services and Professional Development to create an easy-to-access repository of information for students seeking internships, externships and fellowships, and used the money it raises throughout the year to provide students with the means to pursue a variety of public interest internships during the summer. In the past, PILO grants have been used to fund internships at Legal Aid of North Carolina and work as a legal research intern in Nepal, among many other projects.

PILO would like to increase professor and faculty involvement, ranging from donations to suggestions on what types of items they would like to see at auctions in the future. For more information on how to donate, contact Ariana Burnette, Katie McAbee or Stephanie Jackson, the PILO Auction co-chairs.

Visit the website for more information about their work and accomplishments.