Auction Supports Public Interest Internships


The Suffolk Public Interest Law Group (SPILG) raised more than $45,000—its highest-ever tally—during its 13th annual auction, held in February at Sargent Hall.

The SPILG auction committee, led by student coordinators Heather Warnken, Sarah Kelley and Katy O’Leary, staged the three-day event.

Proceeds provide stipends for students who participate in summer internships in government and public service who would otherwise go unpaid.

Professors David Yamada, Andrew Perlman, Jeffrey Pokorak, Linda Simard, Michael Avery and Renee Landers took turns at the microphone, driving up bids on items such as:

  • Associate Dean Simard’s Wiffle Ball Tournament and BBQ
  • Professor Barry Brown’s “Boating with Barry Brown,” which includes roundtrip airfare on Cape Air, a day on his yacht
  • Red Sox-Yankees tickets, courtesy of Professor Avery.

Popular items at the silent auction included yoga classes, Red Sox tickets and a private tour of the Bronx Zoo.

Last year’s auction funds supported 55 students interning at organizations such as Lawyers Without Borders, the Legal Aid Society of New York, and the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

“The SPILG Annual Auction is crucial to the success of SPILG’s mission, which is to support and encourage public service by Suffolk Law students,” said Michelle Harper, director of public interest and pro bono programs in the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service and coordinator of this year’s event.  

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