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 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 28 students.
“Last summer, I had the opportunity to work as a law clerk at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office,” said second year law student Silva Georgian. “I got to write and file motions on behalf of our clients, file petitions for conviction dismissals, and participate in trial strategy with my supervising attorneys. If it weren’t for the MPILP grant, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to have such a rewarding experience. I loved knowing that I was able to give back to my community as a fellow advocate.”
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.
|In previous years, 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|
“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 Michale 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.”
The annual MPILP Auction draws a large and diverse crowd—bringing together students, professors, staff, and community members to enjoy a night of 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 online. This year’s auction is on April 6 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 Maria Romas or Alison Best, co-presidents of MPILP, at email@example.com.