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Public Interest Law Fund

Mission Statement

Established by students in the fall of 1990, Penn State Law's Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) is dedicated to promoting student interest and community involvement in the field of public interest law. PILF promotes its goals by fundraising and sponsoring public interest events on campus to educate students about the rewarding career possibilities in public interest law. Each year, PILF raises thousands of dollars to support the Degenstein Foundation Fellowship Program for Public Interest Law and Cherie M. Millage Summer Fellowships. Fellowship awards enable Penn State Law students to accept summer employment with public interest firms and organizations that desperately need student assistance but do not have the resources to compensate summer interns.

2014-15 Officers
President: Erika Dixon
Vice President (Carlisle): Darlene Hemerka
Vice President (University Park): Katherine Hagen
Fellowship Chair: Summer Swanson
Service Chair (Carlisle): Doug Vanston
Service Chair (University Park): Ryan Cummins
Fundraising Chair (Carlisle): Doug Vanston
Fundraising Chair (University Park): Rebecca Buckley-Stein
Auction Chair (Carlisle): Gabriella Grosso
Auction Chair (University Park): Meghal Shah

Recent Events

Public Interest Career Panel

Major Activities

PILF’s largest fundraiser is the Annual Silent/Live Auction. The auction is traditionally held at both locations in late March beginning at mid-day with the silent auction and continuing throughout the day, ending with the live auction and reception. PILF conducts an exam basket program during both fall and spring exam periods and carries out various smaller fundraising activities throughout the school year, depending on student interest and organizational capacity. Each fall, in conjunction with the Center for Public Interest Law and Advocacy, PILF publishes a Guide to Public Interest Opportunities.

Contact Us

Public Interest Law Fund
The Pennsylvania State University
The Dickinson School of Law
333 West South Street
Carlisle PA 17013
Fax: (717) 240-5167