April 21, 2015 – The seventh annual PILO auction brought in a record amount of money for scholarships and a public service agency with heavy bidding for everything from dinners with faculty members to sports memorabilia and a snowball fight with a professor.
The silent auction of 70 donated items generated more than $7,000. Slightly more than $700 will be donated to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance which provides emotional, educational, and practical support to families of children with cancer. The remainder will go to scholarships for several members of the Public Interest Law Organization who are dedicated to starting their careers as public service attorneys. The money will help tide the students over financially during the summer as they study for the bar exam.
“We are very pleased with the turnout, the wonderful donations, the enthusiastic participants, and the incredible volunteers who made it all possible,” said Jonathan Chatham, PILO president.
As in previous years, the most popular listings were outings with faculty. Cassandra Jeu, legal clinic supervisor for the Texas Innocence Network, won the dinner for 10 at Indika with Dean Leonard M. Baynes. John Michael Speranza outbid classmates for the home-cooked Indian dinner for four with Professor Sapna Kumar. And in a stunning display of persistence, Michael Ryan finally won the four-course beer tasting dinner for four with Clinical Assistant Professor Lauren Simpson and her husband for which he was narrowly outbid the previous two years.
Fabiana Baum won the big ticket item of a full Kaplan review course and Ved Chitale made the winning bid for a $1,000 Barbri gift certificate. Other spirited bidders walked away with earrings, sports tickets, yoga sessions, artwork, and gift certificates, and other interesting items, including a snowball fight with Professor Jim Hawkins.