Bidding for online PILO annual auction continues through Feb. 8, live auction set for Feb. 9

Graphic for the 2017 PILO Auction that says '2017 PILO Auction Live Auction February 9th 5:00 - 8:00 Large Courtroom Online Silent Auction February 1st-8th' with opera mask graphic

The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) will host it’s biggest annual fundraiser — the PILO Auction — beginning online on Feb. 1-8 with the live auction following beginning  at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. You can bid on items including a weekend at Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) mountain cabin on the New River, airplane rides and dinners with faculty and hand-painted watercolors.

All of the proceeds from PILO events go toward funding stipends for dozens of Wake Forest Law students with unpaid public interest summer internships through Professor Beth Hopkins Humanitate Grants. Grants are typically awarded to 80 percent of applicants, but PILO leaders aim to provide funding for every student in need this year. The organization raised more than $1,400 in November 2016 with its most successful Chili Cookoff to date and hopes to have an equally successful spring auction in order to achieve this goal, according to PILO Executive Director Stephanie Jackson.

More than half of the law school’s nearly 500 students participate in the PILO auction each year, and last year online and live auctions raised more than $18,000, a record for the event.

Auction items donated by faculty and staff, which often involve opportunities for students to spend time with their professors and deans over dinner or other activities like a day at Lake Norman, are usually the highest-selling items in the entire auction, according to the 2017 PILO Auction Coordinators, Laura O’Grady (JD ’17) and Kristin Smith (JD ’17),

In the past, other prizes up for bid have included original artwork painted by professors, an evening of dinner and opera for two, a private jet trip to Charleston, South Carolina, a weekend in a mountain cabin, a basketball autographed by Chris Paul, a private carrel in the library and dinner with Detroit Lions cornerback and Wake Forest alumnus Alphonso Smith, as well as many gift cards, certificates and packages from local businesses.

PILO promotes Wake Forest Law’s longstanding tradition of training lawyers to serve not only their clients, but also their communities, state and nation, by providing critical legal services to those who cannot afford them. In addition to hosting fundraising events, PILO features successful attorneys and other speakers that work in different areas of public interest, ranging from criminal law to education and civil rights, throughout the year and holds a program in the fall in conjunction with the Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) to increase students’ awareness of the various career paths available in public interest law. PILO also works with the OPCD to create an easy-to-access database of information for students seeking internships, externships and fellowships.