Every summer there are dozens of public interest organizations that need legal talent. And every summer there are dozens of law students eager to help but unable to work without compensation.
For more than 20 years, the Maryland Public Interest Law Project—or MPILP—has been bringing them together.
This year, UM Carey Law will host its Annual Goods and Services Auction to celebrate public interest law and raise funds for law students who will spend their summer at public interest agencies.
|Last year, two students won a lunch date with Josh Charles of “The Good Wife.” From left to right: Professor Doug Colbert, Kate McComiskey, Josh Charles, and Amy Dobrzynski|
The auction helps fund students working in unpaid public interest positions—last year, MPILP raised enough money to give grants to 28 students.
“This [past] summer, I was able to work at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in the Community Reentry Program,” said third year law student Marcia Hollingsworth. “I had the chance to advocate on behalf of underserved and underrepresented individuals reentering society, after periods of incarceration, and really participate in public interest legal work.”
“Thanks to the grant, I did not have to sacrifice performing this extremely meaningful and rewarding work just because it was an unpaid position,” Hollingsworth added.
Past grant recipients have worked with organizations such as the Office of the Public Defender, Advocates for Children and Youth, Project HEAL, Homeless Persons Representation Project, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and Legal Aid.
“MPILP, through its summer grants program, gives law students the wonderful opportunity to harness their idealism while learning how to practice law,” said UM Carey Law Professor Michael Millemann. “It introduces them to Maryland’s public interest lawyers and helps those lawyers provide essential legal services to their clients. It is a great organization.”
Drawing a crown of approximately 300 guests from the legal and greater Baltimore community, the annual MPILP Auction includes appetizers, beverages, desserts, music, and silent and live auctions.
Past items up for bid at the auction have included dinner at Baltimore’s best restaurants, spa treatment packages, weekend getaways at beach houses, wine-tastings, tickets to sporting events, and a range of items donated by local businesses.
Advance tickets for the MPILP auction can be purchased for $40.00 per ticket. This year’s auction is on April 2 and begins at 6:00 p.m. in Westminster Hall at UM Carey Law (500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201).
To donate to the Auction, or if you would like more information, please contact Vianca Diaz or Julia Hall, co-presidents of MPILP, at email@example.com. Or, contact Alyssa Navarrete, auction publicity and donations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.