Maine Law student group to hold annual auction March 28, fundraiser for public interest fellowships
March 6, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL), a student group at the University of Maine School of Law, will hold its 26th Annual Auction on Friday, March 28.
The doors open at 4 p.m., with a silent auction beginning at 4:30 p.m. and a live auction at 5:45 p.m. The event will be held at the law school, 246 Deering Ave., in Portland.
Money raised supports fellowships for students to work in the area of public interest law, helping low-income families, veterans, immigrants, and others in need of legal aid. In recent years, the auction has raised around $10,000. Last summer, 20 Maine Law students secured fellowships, working for organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and the African nations of Botswana and Uganda.
MAPIL welcomes a variety of charitable donations for the auction, including services, vacation accommodations, gift certificates, and products of any kind. Items auctioned off at past events have ranged from sports tickets to handmade jewelry, gift cards for local retailers, yoga classes and even a seaplane ride with a private pilot. Professional photo shoots, autographed memorabilia and lodging packages have proven to be big ticket items.
Individuals and businesses interested in donating to the auction can contact MAPIL via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public, and free parking will be available. There will be food, refreshments and entertainment.
The Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL) is a student-run association affiliated with the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) and the University of Maine School of Law. The association has three goals: to encourage students engagement in one of many diverse, volunteer legal opportunities during the school year and summer; encourage students to pursue careers in the public arena by demonstrating that public interest work is a viable and desirable alternative to working in the private sector; and promote the ethic of pro bono work.