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"Back to the 80s" PIA Dinner and Auction is March 22

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — It’s a “Back to the 80s” theme for the annual Public Interest Advocates (PIA) Dinner and Auction on March 22 at WVU Law.

The public is invited to attend the event that is celebrating 30 years of PIA. The organization helps fund positions for law students and graduates at legal aid organizations across the Mountain State.

A buffet dinner in the College of Law lobby starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased for $10 at the door. The auction starts at 6:30 p.m. in the college’s event hall and admission is free.

Live and silent auction items will be up for bid. Among them, a seven-night stay at a condo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; overnight packages at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and at Glade Spring in Daniels, West Virginia; Morgantown dining packages; an authentic Persian rug; sports tickets and memorabilia; and gift baskets. There will also be raffle items and door prizes.

PIA gives law students the opportunity to provide free legal services to West Virginia residents who may not be able to afford legal representation, including children, the elderly, and victims of domestic violence. The organization has funded more than 440 summer fellowships since 1988 and 17 postgraduate fellowships since 2008.

“Fellowships supported by PIA have helped launch hundreds of law students’ careers, and they have also provided tens of thousands of hours of free legal services to West Virginians in need,” said Jennifer Powell, director for the WVU Center for Law and Public Service.

For more information about PIA, contact the Center for Law and Public Service at (304) 293-8555 or



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