Penn State Law celebrates Public Interest Law Week
April 9, 2013
The need and opportunity for the legal community to provide public interest law service spans all times and places in the course of a legal career. Each spring, Penn State Law celebrates its commitment to public interest law with a week of activities designed to introduce and facilitate student interest in public interest law. Public Interest Law Week is being held April 8 to April 14 this year at Penn State Law.
“Public Interest Law Week highlights the commitment of Penn State Law students to making a difference in our communities. I'm very proud of all the public interest work that our students do,” said Professor Katherene Holtzinger-Conner, director of Public Interest Programming.
The week kicked off with receptions honoring Public Interest and Pro Bono Advocates, students who have performed at least 60 hours of public service work over the course of their law school careers. On Wednesday, students will have the opportunity to learn everything they ever wanted to know about loan repayment programs available to public interest lawyers. A celebration and recognition of all student pro bono and public interest endeavors, including alternative spring break projects, the VITA program, and Wills for Heroes to name a few, will be held on Friday. “Recognizing our students’ work is a nice way to honor their accomplishments,” said Holtzinger-Conner.
The week wraps up with the annual 5K fun run/walk, Race Judicata, to raise funds for the Law School's Public Interest Law Fund and Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The race will be held in Carlisle on Saturday, April 14 and in University Park on Sunday, April 15. Races are open to law students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the Penn State community. Runners and walkers alike are encouraged to come out and show their support.
The Public Interest Law Fund’s annual fundraising auctions held last week were a huge success, raising a record-breaking $23,000. Proceeds from the auctions help to finance PILF’s Summer Fellowship program, which enable Penn State Law students to accept summer employment with public interest firms and organizations that need student assistance but don’t have the resources to compensate summer interns. Last year, PILF awarded 11 fellowships for the summer of 2012.