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Goods and Services Auction to Benefit Law Students Working in Public Interest Law

On March 11, 2006, the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc. (MPILP) at the University of Maryland School of Law will host its Annual Goods and Services Auction. The Auction celebrates public interest law and raises funds to provide $4,000 grants to law students who wish to spend their summer at public interest agencies providing either direct legal services to low-income individuals or addressing legal issues affecting the public interest. All of the auction proceeds are applied to MPILP's summer grant program which has supported recipients in endeavors such as assisting low-income persons in rent court, helping battered spouses file protection orders and secure social services, and assisting low-income HIV patients with applying for disability and health benefits. Grant recipients have worked at agencies such as the Legal Aid Bureau, the Office of the Public Defender, the Children's Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

The Auction typically draws 250-500 guests from the legal and greater Baltimore community to a fantastic night which includes sinful amounts of catered hors de oeuvres and desserts, excellent music, three silent auctions and an exciting live auction. Items for bid in the past have included a range of gifts from exotic dessert baskets and dinner with University of Maryland law professors to airline tickets, beach house time-shares, wine-tasting and artwork. Last year, the success of the auction helped support 19 summer grantees in the public interest field.

A 501(c)(3) student-run organization, MPILP is dedicated to increasing awareness of, possibilities for and participation in public interest legal work. MPILP educates students about opportunities to practice public interest law, creates and reinforces commitment to public interest law and encourages the pro-bono efforts of law firms. The Annual Goods and Services Auction is the primary means by which MPILP supports and encourages students in this legal field. So please join MPILP, the University of Maryland School of Law and the Baltimore community by attending the Auction on March 11th. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $35 and include food and drinks, silent and live bidding, and great company – all for a great cause. The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore St., with the first silent auction ending at 7:30 p.m., the second at 8:00 p.m., and the third at 8:30 p.m. The live auction will begin promptly at 9:00 p.m.

If you are interested in donating to the Auction or MPILP or would like more information, please contact Alex Freemire, Co-President of MPILP, at afree001@umaryland.edu or (410) 706-8393, or e-mail Lauren Calhoun, Co-Publicity Director, at lcalh002@umaryland.edu. You may also visit our website at www.law.umaryland.edu/studentorg/mpilp for up-to-the-minute news on what exciting items will be available at this year's auction and much more!

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