Annual CPILO Auction Benefits Public Interest Summer Grants

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CPILO Auction

The Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (CPILO) will host its annual auction on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Great Room at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill. A signature Carolina Law event since 1997, the auction includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and both silent and live auctions. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at the door or $20 in advance in the law school’s rotunda. All proceeds will fund grants for law students working in unpaid, public interest law positions this summer.

Each year, the event gives students the opportunity to bid on a range of unique experiences. This year, auction items include a full Kaplan Bar Review course valued at $2,000; a seven-night stay in Gansbaai, South Africa, an area known for whale-watching, wineries and scenic hiking,; and two tickets to the UNC vs. Notre Dame men’s basketball game in February. Organizers aim to raise $25,000, surpassing the roughly $20,000 raised by last year’s auction.

“The auction provides direct scholarships to law students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have opportunities to explore public interest fields during their summers and ensures that great public interest organizations get to know and have access to passionate students who use their time to make an impact in the community,” says CPILO Vice President Lauren Toole 2L.

CPILO is a student-run group that works in collaboration with UNC Law and Friends of CPILO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public interest law at UNC. The organization helps provide grants to students who accept summer internships in the public sector that are low or non-paying; facilitates a network of support for students interested in pursuing public interest law; exposes the law school community to public interest law; and encourages students to pursue careers in the public sector.

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-January 16, 2018

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