Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL)
The Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL) is a group affiliated with the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL). The association has three goals: the first is to encourage students to engage in one of many diverse, volunteer legal opportunities during the school year and summer; the second is to 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 third, MAPIL promotes the ethic of pro bono work.
MAPIL's annual activities include hosting informative presentations, a trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Public Interest Law Fair, and the Public Interest Auction. The money raised by MAPIL is awarded to students who engage in public interest fellowships during the summer months.
In 2012, MAPIL’s annual auction raised over $10,000, providing eleven students with fellowship funds to work with public interest and nonprofit organizations from Portland, Maine to New Delhi, India. These fellowships provide laws students and our local community with a unique opportunity: while students directly assist community members who cannot afford legal counseling, they gain practical experience working within the areas of law, policy, and entrepreneurship. The fellowships provide the funds to support the students and their families while working in what would otherwise be an unpaid position.
MAPIL Auction 2013
The Maine Association of Public Interest Law (MAPIL) is pleased to cordially invite you, your colleagues, friends and family to our annual auction. This event brings together members of our law school community in our largest fundraising effort of the year to support student fellowships in public interest work. A wide variety of items will be available to bid on in online, silent, and live auctions.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Online Auction, 9am-3pm
MAPIL Online Auction
In addition, MAPIL welcomes any charitable donations for the auction, including—but not limited to—products, collectibles, arts & crafts, gift certificates, services, and accommodations. Please let us know if you or someone you know can make a donation. Your support helps to provide assistance to community members who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services, while also allowing Maine Law students to gain valuable experience in the practice of public interest law. Donors are encourages to speak with a tax professional regarding the deductibility of their generous gifts to MAPIL.