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ONU Law Annual Public Interest Auction a Success

Apr 11, 2013

Results are in for the 2013 Public Interest Auction, sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Career Services and PILA, ONU Law's Public Interest Law Association. The 2013 Public Interest Auction raised nearly $9,000.00 for students interested in working in the public interest field. This will allow for nine ONU Law students to pursue opportunities this coming summer. A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended the event and donated their time and money. The Career Services Office is still accepting donations. 

History of the Public Interest Auction

For nearly two decades, ONU Pettit College of Law Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program has allowed ONU law students to pursue their goals and dreams of becoming public interest attorneys – and to make a difference in our society.

Public service is often a challenging area of law education for students to pursue. The majority of public interest internships are unpaid, which creates an obstacle for those who want to work with the underserved, and especially for those looking for experience in large cities.

To combat this issue, ONU Law’s Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program has provided more than $85,000 in scholarship aid to committed students in the College of Law who wish to pursue careers in public service. The scholarship funds are raised through the annual Public Interest Auction sponsored by Law Career Services. The first auction was held in 1998, and, since then, these scholarships have been completely funded by this event.

Since its creation in 1994, fellowship stipends have been granted to more than 80 students. These stipends serve to further the advancement of ONU law students seeking volunteer work in unpaid fields of the public sector, who also desire to continue a career in public service after graduation. A committee of faculty and administration selects students to become ONU Public Interest Fellows based on their previous interest in public service. This year, the committee chose 10 law students from a variety of backgrounds.

Fellowship program recipients have previously volunteered in nonprofit organizations, government agencies and unassisted clerking positions. In these positions, students work to assist women and children, minorities, the elderly, the mentally and physically disabled, and other groups or persons otherwise unable to obtain legal representation.