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April 5 auction to help fund student public interest work

March 28, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – The annual silent and live auction to benefit the Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL) will be held Thursday, April 5, at the University of Maine Law School building on Deering Avenue.

Items to be auctioned range from Boston Celtics tickets to handmade jewelry, gift cards for local retailers and even a seaplane ride with a private pilot.

Money raised at the event will support fellowships for Maine Law students to provide legal services for low-income residents. MAPIL is a student-run organization that provides a benefit to the community at large, while giving students practical experience within the public interest areas of law, policy and entrepreneurship. The popular MAPIL auction is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, and it brings together people from all walks of life.

There is no admission fee, and the event is open to the public. The silent auction begins at 5 p.m.; the live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar, appetizers and a jazz trio from the Music School at the University of Southern Maine.

“Our fellowships provide funds to support our students while they are working in what would otherwise be unpaid positions,” said Taylor Kilgore, ’13, of the MAPIL event and fundraising committee.

More from Taylor: “This year we are excited to offer a few items in an online auction that will be held during the day on April 5th (a link will be up a few days before the event for people to see which items will be available online). Items will include donations from: BarBri, WestLaw, LexisNexis, Day's Jewelers, Gritty McDuff's, Local 188, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, WCLZ 98.9 FM, Greener Postures Yoga Studio, Three Rivers Rafting, 2DineIn.com, Portland Pirates, Portland Sea Dogs, Maine Red Claws, Jacobs Chiropractic Acupuncture, Coffee By Design, Maine Black Bears Football, Monaghan Leahy LLP, Hannaford, Akari Hair Care and Day Spa, Bard Coffee, Bull Feeney's, Casablanca Comics, Casco Bay Frames and Gallery, Casco Bay Lines Ferry, City Beverage, Coastal Maine Popcorn Co, Condom Sense, Cross Jewelers, David's, Ethan Hunter Salon, Galeyrie Maps & Custom Frames, Great Lost Bear, Harbor View Gifts, Hot SuppA!, Kennedy Studios, Leapin' Lizards, Maine Kayak, Mainely Frames & Gallery, Old Port Tailoring and Alterations, RSVP Discount Beverage, Sawyer & Co, Silly's, TD Bank, Vervacious, VideoPort, and WholeHeart Yoga. With donations of local lawyers and almuni, we will also be offering: Sailboat Cruises, Summer Weekend at a Condo at Saddleback, a Seaplane Ride with a Private Pilot, Handmade Quilt, Framed Photos of Portland, Boston Celtics Tickets, Professional Painting.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: tmaxwell@usm.maine.edu Visit us online at www.mainelaw.maine.edu.