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Auction Sets New Record with $20,000 Raised for Public Interest Work

March 17, 2010

Students, faculty, alumni and staff of the Earle Mack School of Law smashed their record for raising funds – and their voices – to support summer public-interest internships on March 18.

The Third Annual Public Interest Experience Slice of Justice Auction at the World Café raised $20,000, thanks to ticket sales and feverish bidding on items donated and crafted by members of the student body, faculty and administration.

Kicking off the evening with his inspired auctioneering, Senior Associate Dean of Students Kevin Oates helped drive up bids for a Barbri voucher, an evening of European soccer with Professors Adam Benforado and Alex Gelsinger and a “DREXLLAW” vanity license plate snatched up at premium prices.

The big winner? A “Night on the Town with Professors Donald Tibbs and Chapin Cimino” sold for $850. Other standouts included “Happy Hour with Dean Oates” for $525 and “Roller Derby Night” with Professor Rose Corrigan selling twice over to two different teams.

Following the first round of auctions, Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs Dan Filler emceed a round of “American Idol”-level karaoke performances. 3L Patrick Doran wowed the crowd with a version of “Rosalita” that would have made “The Boss” proud, while 2L Amy Berger bared her inner-Bonnie Tyler for an inspired rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” And sure, 1L Jakub Piechnik may have missed a few notes of “Piano Man,” but his enthusiasm more than made up for it.

Closing out the evening was everyone’s favorite event: the deliciously devious Professorial Pies in the Face. This year’s recipients, Oates and Dean Roger Dennis, took the whipped cream in stride and commented the following day that they could still taste it.

The auction was organized by the Public Interest Experience Auction Executive Committee, comprised of students who worked with Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Susan Brooks and Associate Director for Public Interest Programs Karen Pearlman Raab.