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Spring auction to benefit public interest law fellowships

The March 26 PIA Auction has been postponed in compliance with WVU's COVID-19 response. Please stay tuned for more information.

WVU Law 2020 PIA Auction

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — All proceeds from an upcoming dinner and auction at the West Virginia University College of Law will support students who work for low-income and at-risk clients throughout the state.

The auction will be held on March 26 at the College of Law, and it is open to the public. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the live auction at 6:00 p.m. The dinner costs $10 for adults and is free for children.

The Public Interest Advocates, a law student organization, and the non-profit West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest host the annual auction. The theme this year is "Roaring 2020." In addition to live and silent auction items, there will be door prizes and a 50/50 cash raffle. Registration is required for live auction bidders.

"The PIA auction is one of the highlights of the school year at the College of Law," said Jennifer Powell , director of the Center for Law and Public Service. "Hundreds of community members, law students, law professors, local lawyers and business owners come to the auction each year to bid and raise money for the fellowships. It is a fun night for a great cause.”

Last year’s auction helped fund 25 law students to work throughout the state at organizations such as Legal Aid of West Virginia, ChildLaw Services, Senior Legal Aid and Mountain State Justice.

Items up for bid in this year’s auction include:

• Overnight stays at Deep Creek Lake, Snowshoe and Elmwood Bed and Breakfast.
• Tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Reds, and Pittsburgh Pirates box seats.
• Tickets to Mountaineer football games.
• An overnight package stay at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, West Virginia, and statewide golf packages.
• Tickets to Pittsburgh Symphony and to WVU Theater productions.
• Tickets to the Indigo Girls at WVU in May 2020.
• WVU Sports memorabilia including basketballs signed by Coach Bob Huggins and Coach Mike
  Carey, and a football signed by Coach Neal Brown.
• Dinner with WVU President E. Gordon Gee and with WVU Law faculty.
• A Tanners Alley leather briefcase, homemade baby quilts, an iPad, Ring doorbell and a Yeti cooler.
• A year of attendance to Monongalia County Bar meetings and a West VirginiaContinuing Legal Education package.

Auctioneering services are provided by Jared Staggs of Staggs Auctioneering.

About Public Interest Advocates

PIA is a WVU Law student organization committed to raising money to fund fellowships for students to provide free legal services to underrepresented West Virginians.

About the West Virginia Fund for Law in Public Interest

WVFLIPI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds summer fellowships for WVU College of Law students at public-interest entities throughout the state. Since its inception in 1987, the fund has sponsored hundreds of fellows to enhance the quality of legal services afforded low-income West Virginians, including children, the elderly, and victims of domestic violence, and to help students achieve a deeper appreciation for the importance of public interest work.

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jj/03/06/20

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