A tempting menu of prizes offered on behalf of a wonderful cause drew a strong crowd of generous supporters to Catholic University law school’s 21st annual fundraising auction for Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL), held on Feb. 17 from 6 to 10 p.m.
In total, the auction raised approximately $60,000, an increase from 2011. The money will provide stipends for law students who perform low-paying or unpaid public service jobs during the summer of 2012. Twenty-eight Columbus School of Law students received SPIL funds last year.
The funds raised included contributions from dozens of businesses and individuals, money bid on silent and live auction items, and a sizeable matching grant from the law school.
Student and alumni attendees enjoyed an impressive array of auction choices this year, from dinner and drinks with members of the faculty, to resort island getaways, ski packages, a night at the theater, tickets to professional sports games, even an exclusive tour of the White House by a staffer.
For the fourth year in a row, Professor Mary Leary (top) served as the official auctioneer, skillfully guiding the bidding process with humor, patience, and energy.
Second-year law students Amy Christel and Stephanie Martin served as co-chairpersons of this year’s SPIL auction, devoting enormous time and energy to making sure the complicated event ran smoothly.
“The students who are able to help others by taking SPIL-supported public service jobs this summer can thank every person who took part in this year’s event,” said David Schrock, the law school’s director of financial aid and supervisor of the annual auction. “But most of all, they can thank Amy and Stephanie for their selfless and exceptional work. They did a truly outstanding job.”