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Bar News - March 7, 2008

Bid for Justice: Public Interest Coalition Auction on March 20


Ellen Arnold

Starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, Franklin Pierce Law Center stages the 16th annual Public Interest Coalition (PIC) Auction at the Courtyard Marriott in Concord. Be there to bid for justice and support the Public Interest Coalition.

As President-elect of the New Hampshire Bar Association, I have been asked to serve as honorary Chair of the annual Public Interest Coalition (PIC) Auction which is a Pierce Law tradition that  brings together members of the NH legal community to support public interest endeavors. The Public Interest Coalition provides summer fellowships to law students, educates students about public interest career opportunities, and exposes the Pierce Law community to public interest law issues.

In our quest to provide access to justice, this event is an opportunity to get together with colleagues, make a personal contribution, and afford students the opportunity to perform pro bono legal work for non-profit organizations in New England and throughout the United States.

What PIC Auction Supports
Last year, the auction raised $56,000 which supported 12 student fellowships for pro bono work. It supported legal services to a diverse variety of public interest groups, including New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the Federal Public Defenders’ office in Nashville, Tennessee and “Save our Wild Salmon” in Portland, Oregon. Other beneficiaries included the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office, New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, New Hampshire National Education Association, Disabilities Rights Center, and NH Civil Liberties Union. These fellowships provide valuable legal services and opportunities for students to learn and, hopefully, continue to commit their energies and skills to the public interest.

How You Can Help
Please join this fun and worthwhile event. Whether through donation of cash, live auction items or silent auction items, your participation is greatly appreciated. Just come and have a good time for a great cause. Make your bid for justice. Even the donation of a single bottle of wine will be combined with others donated to create a wine cellar for bid.

You will have a chance to bid on wonderful items and experiences at the PIC Auction.  Want to have coffee with Governor Lynch or lunch with Attorney General Ayotte?  You can bid on these and similar opportunities at the PIC Auction.  Need Red Sox tickets?  How about a baseball autographed by World Series MVP Mike Lowell?  Dinners out and spa packages are also available.

Please contact Megan De Vorsey at 603-513-5107 for further information.  Further information can be found on the Pierce Law Web site at


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