March 8, 2018 - University of Houston Law Center students engaged in friendly competition during the Public Interest Law Organization's 10th annual silent auction, and helped raise $4,582 on Tuesday.
Proceeds from the event went to PILO 3L bar scholarship, which helps the recipient pay for expensive bar prep courses and toward future PILO events, such as lectures and volunteer days.
With more than 50 items at stake, many of which were donated by faculty members, students had a wide variety of choices that included tickets to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo or a Houston Astros game, homemade earrings, game baskets, novels, vinyl records, Barbri and Kaplan tuition certificates, and a signed copy of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's book, "My Beloved World."
Students also had the opportunity to bid on lunches, dinners, or other outings with their favorite professors. According to PILO's current President, Leah Lebeau, these items are the most popular among students.
"The dinners with professors are always the items that end up in bidding wars," said Lebeau, a 2L student at the Law Center. "We are even known to get bids of $500 or more. There aren't a lot of opportunities outside of office hours to really get to know your professors, so these items are really valuable to students."
In addition to the primary silent auction in the Commons, students could also make bids on PILO's Facebook page.
PILO officers credit this year's auction success to the faculty at the Law Center.
"We honestly couldn't do this without the support of the faculty and staff here," said Lebeau. "If you removed every item from the table that wasn't donated by a faculty member, we would have only a handful of things left. So we really can't thank the faculty enough for being such a big part of our event."