PILO members raise more than $16,000 for 2018 summer grants

Photo of auctioneer at 2018 PILO Auction

Members of the Wake Forest School of Law Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) have raised more than $16,000 from the 2018 PILO annual online and live auctions and chili contest, which are held to raise money to provide grants for students with unpaid public interest internships during the summer.

“The PILO Executive Board is proud to announce that with your support we were able to raise more than $15,000 at the 2018 auction,” wrote 2018 Auction Co-Directors Christine Tabora (JD ’19) and Ashley DiMuzio (JD ’19) in an email. “These funds will be used to fund unpaid summer public interest internships for Wake Forest School of Law students through Professor Beth Hopkins Pro Humanitate Grants. Thank you again for ensuring the success of PILO! We couldn’t have done this without you all.”

The online auction was held beginning Feb. 12 and the live auction, held in the Worrell Professional Center on Feb. 22, wrapped up the annual fundraiser. A professional auctioneer donated his services at the live event, the organizers said.

“I want to thank Ashley DiMuzio, Christine Tabora and the amazing PILO Board for putting together such a fabulous fundraiser,” said Associate Dean of Administrative and Student Services Ann Gibbs. “The hard work that is required to plan and execute the auction often goes unnoticed, but those of us who observed this auction team know the care, attention to detail and sacrifice of personal time that went into creating such a successful event. The efforts for the auction are especially notable because this work is entirely selfless and done 100 percent to support other students who have a passion for entering the public service sector to serve the underserved.
“We all owe the Ashley, Christine and other PILO Board members a debt of gratitude for pouring their hearts into this project.  This is pro humanitate at its best!”

Students interested in receiving a Professor Beth Hopkins Humanitate Grants should attend an upcoming information session about the grant application and selection process.

During fall 2017, PILO held its annual Chili Cook-off, which raised more than $1,400 and beating 2016’s cook-off proceeds, according to organizers.

PILO promotes Wake Forest’s tradition of training lawyers who serve not only their clients, but also their community, 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.

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