The Catholic University of America

The silent and live auctions organized by Students for Public Interest Law
each year made legal public service possible for dozens of students.  


2010 SPIL Auction Funds Record Number of Stipends


Thirty-four Columbus School of Law students will receive stipends during the summer of 2010 to allow them to pursue public interest work, the largest group so far to benefit from the law school’s annual fund-raising auction by Students for Public Interest Law.
Delayed one week by the heavy snows of early February, the 2010 SPIL auction was held on February 19 and offered its usual diverse assortment of prizes and items for students, alumni, faculty and staff to bid on.
Included were such things as sports contest tickets, dinner and drinks with professors, and for big spenders, even tropical island getaways.
The money raised by the auction is generally matched up to $25,000 by the law school. This year, however, Dean Veryl Miles was able to contribute an additional $50,000 on the law school’s behalf. The total amount was enough to offer each recipient a SPIL stipend of $3,500.
The stipend money is used by recipients to defray the rent and other normal costs of living, and permit them the financial flexibility to take temporary, non-paying public service positions in the legal sector.
“The SPIL organizing committee did an exemplary job this year,” said the law school’s Director of Financial Aid, David Schrock, who worked with the students to make the event a success. “It is wonderful to see the law school community come together once again to support legal public service, and have a lot of fun while doing so.”
Columbus School of Law 2010 SPIL Stipend Recipients
 Nina-Alice Antony                      Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
 Tara Beech                                ABA Death Penalty Representation Project
 Aaron   Blank                            Office of the Public Defender
 Laura Cappuccio                       Montgomery County Public Defender's Office
 Meghan Casey                          D.C. Superior Court - Judge Clark's Chambers
 Patrick Clancy Brown                County District Attorney
 Whitney Dachelet                      Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office
 Patrick Decker                          The City of Alexandria, VA - The Office of the Public Defender
 Laura Dorey                              International Rescue Committee
 Katherine Giblin                        Montgomery Circuit Court, The Honorable Judge McGann
 Aaron Glaser                            U.S. Attorney's Office - Western District of Texas - Waco Division
 Kenneth Hall                             The Innocence Project Clinic at CUA
 Melissa Hendricks                     House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
 Caroline Johnson                       Bread for the City
 Kristen Kelley                            Hoover Law Offices
 Lauren Krupica                          Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of W.V.
 Zarah Levin-Fragasso                 My Sister's Place, Inc
 Daniel McGraw                          Children’s Law Center - DC
 Jonathan McHugh                      U.S. Attorney's Office - DC
 Jessica Missios                         Maryland Office of the Public Defender
 Emily Moore                             Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE)
 Adreanna Orlang                       Department of Homeland Security - OSCIS
 Amy Pascoe                             County of Marquette Prosecutor's Office
 Tyler Ray                                  Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights
 Carroll   Skehan                         D.C. Superior Court - Judge Ramsey Johnson
 Lisa Skweres                             Judge Bayly's Chambers, or Law Offices of Donna Wulkan
 Sarah Theodore                         The Innocence Project
 Sarah  Turkel                             Maryland Office of the Public Defender - District 6 Office
 Catherine Wallace                      Refugee Law Project
 Blair Warner                              American Humane Association
 Rebecca Whitaker                      U.S. Congress, Office of Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC)
 Charlene Whitman                      International Center for Missing and Exploited Children
 Christina Williams                      Think Impact
 Sara Zabihi                                Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office