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, Maryland Carey Law will host its Annual Goods and Services Auction on April 9 to celebrate public interest law and raise funds for law students who will spend their summer at public interest agencies. The auction helps fund students working in unpaid public interest positions. Last year, MPILP raised enough money to give grants to 25 students.
“My summer internship at the Maryland Disability Law Center expanded my knowledge of the mounting issues in psychiatric care throughout the United States,” said third-year student Brooke O’Connell. “Without funding from MPILP and the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, I wouldn’t have been able to have that experience.”
Past grant recipients have worked with organizations such as the Office of the Public Defender, Project HEAL, the Homeless Persons Representation Project, the ACLU, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, National Women’s Law Center and Legal Aid.
“MPILP, through its summer grants program, gives law students an opportunity to harness their idealism while learning how to practice law,” said Maryland 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 crowd 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.
To donate to the Auction, or if you would like more information, please contact Julia Hall or Jo McLean, co-presidents of MPILP, at firstname.lastname@example.org.