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Online auction benefitting public interest law fellowships starts March 21

WVU Law summer 2021 PIA fellow Brooke Antol
WVU Law student Brooke Antol was a 2021 PIA Summer Fellow at Legal Aid of West Virginia. Her position was supported by funds raised by the annual PIA auction.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University College of Law is hosting an online auction to support students who work in public interest law.

The Public Interest Advocates Spring Auction begins on March 21 at 9 a.m. and ends on March 25 at 5 p.m. Proceeds help pay fellowships for students who work for low-income and at-risk clients at legal agencies in West Virginia.

To participate in the auction, bidders must register at

Last year’s PIA auction helped fund 15 fellowships for law students to work at organizations such as Legal Aid of West Virginia, ChildLaw Services, Senior Legal Aid and Mountain State Justice. It also helped fund two other students working in public defenders' offices.

Auctions items this year include:

  • Canaan Valley Resort two-night, mid-week get away for two. 
  • Hotel Morgan two-night stay and complimentary suite upgrade (if available).
  • One-night stay at the Elmwood Farm Bed and Breakfast in Williamsport, Maryland. 
  • One-night stay at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, West Virginia. 
  • B Strong 24 CrossFit three-month membership and one month personal programming. 
  • B Strong 24 CrossFit three-month membership and one month group class. 
  • Spark! Imagination and Science Center 12-month gift membership. 
  • Wines for Humanity tasting. 
  • Book from the personal library of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. 
  • Tickets to a Cincinnati Reds games (four view level or two terrace line).
  • Kalaskey Orthodontics (Charleston, West Virginia) gift basket. 
  • Bearded Dragon pet starter kit. 
  • Eastern Pet Supply gift basket.
  • Yeti cooler.
  • Assorted prints by Wilhelm J. Goebel.
  • Autographed photo of Pittsburgh Steeler Cam Heyward. 
  • Pittsburgh Penguins jersey signed by Bryan Trottier. 
  • Football signed by WVU head coach Neal Brown.
  • Basketball signed by WVU head coach Bob Huggins.
  • Handmade WVU-themed quilt.
  • WVU College of Law diploma frame. 
  • Signed copy of “The Man Before the Mahatma: M.K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law” by Professor Charles DiSalvo. 
  • Dinner for four with WVU President E. Gordon Gee at Blaney House. 
  • Homemade chicken and sausage gumbo prepared by Amelia Rinehart, dean of the College of Law (meal for 4-6 people, including potato salad and French bread).
  • Professor Charles DiSalvo’s lasagna, delivered. 
  • Indoor rock climbing with Dean Amelia Rinehart for up to six people for two hours, followed by pizza and beverages.
  • Pirates game (up to six people) with Dean Amelia Rinehart, Assistant Deans Jennifer Powell and Maggie Slater, and Dan Kimble, director of the Center for Law and Public Service (includes transportation, tickets to the games, food, and beverage at the game). 
  • Sunset picnic and photoshoot with Professor Marjorie McDiarmid at Cooper’s Rock State Forest.
  • Hike and picnic with Professor Valarie Blake and Associate Dean Jessica Haught. 
  • Axe throwing plus dinner at Black Bear Burritos (Morgantown, West Virginia) with Assistant Deans Jennifer Powell and Maggie Slater.

The auction is organized by PIA, a law student organization, and the non-profit West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest.


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