Bar News - April 6, 2007
PIC Auction Was Good Fun for a Good Cause
By: Eleanor Wm. Dahar
As president-elect of the New Hampshire Bar, I am asked to sit on committees and participate in various task forces, attend board meetings, conferences and events. One of the truly exceptional and enjoyable responsibilities I have had as president-elect of the New Hampshire Bar Association was serving as honorary chair of the Annual Public Interest Coalition (PIC) Auction held by Franklin Pierce Law Center, which took place on Friday, March 23 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.
This annual event, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, is special and important because Pierce Law students volunteer their time, enthusiasm and creativity for an auction that raises money for a very worthy cause—providing opportunities for law students to gain experience in public sector law internships, and giving a boost to those agencies through the infusion of young legal talent.
The PIC Auction Committee never fails to produce an evening of fun and excitement with its silent and live auctions. Auction attendees enjoyed the energy of the students and the camaraderie of fellow attorneys coming together for a good cause. Pierce Law student auction co–chairs, Caitlin Calder of Chester, Conn.; Frederick Millet of Grand Haven, Mich.; Marjorie Rudinksi of Durham, SC; and Luke Webster of Manchester are to be commended for putting together another successful event.
This year’s auction was truly a success and will provide grants for a number of Pierce Law students to serve in public interest law organizations during the summer. Last year’s PIC Auction provided grants for 15 students; they served in the NH Public Defenders Office; the NH Attorney General’s Office; the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office; the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office; the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC; the NH National Education Association; the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office-Elder Service Unit; and other positions.
Megan DeVorsey, director of the Social Justice Institute and PIC auction advisor, said: “The fellowships are awarded to selected students who demonstrate the commitment and qualifications for this vitally important work. Selection is done through a competitive application process. PIC fellows serve a wide range of client needs during their summer internships and the work they do is enormously valued by the organizations and clients they serve.”
I hope that you will remember the PIC auction next year and support the program by attending the auction or through donations of items (some are ingenious — a week at a vacation house, a valuable parking space, a catered dinner).
For more information about the PIC program, please call Megan De Vorsey, interim director, Social Justice Institute, 603-228-1963, ext. 1166 or Gayle Mazalewski, director of development, at 603-228-1963, ext.1189, Pierce Law Development Office.