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Student-Run Auction Raises $53,000 to Support Students Exploring Public Interest Careers

March 05, 2009

To the Penn Law community:

The Equal Justice Foundation Is a wholly student-run nonprofit public interest organization at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, dedicated to supporting our students who serve those whose legal needs would otherwise go unmet.
 

 

Dean Michael A. Fitts urges the crowd to

 

 

 

Bob Toll (L'66) conducts the bidding.
The current economic environment posed a significant challenge to our fundraising efforts. Many who we traditionally depend on for support have been constrained by their own financial difficulties. Despite the decrease in monetary contributions, we managed to secure more items and in-kind donations this year than in any previous auction!

 

 
We relied on our community to pull this auction together. The faculty and staff at Penn Law – more than ever before – wholeheartedly supported our cause by making personal contributions, reaching out to their networks and providing guidance and advice as we explored new avenues to solicit donations.  We are also very thankful for the support of our alumni. From all parts of the country and all corners of the world, Penn Law alumni rallied behind us and demonstrated the meaning of community.
 
This challenge has brought our community together and we are confident that no matter where we go from here, we can always count on our classmates and faculty for support. This is the strength of Penn Law and we are so lucky to have experienced it first hand by organizing this event in these times.
 
The EJF auction is especially important this year as we expect more students to be seeking our funding than in the past. The auction is a time for students, faculty, alumni, and local professionals to enjoy each other’s company and to celebrate the strength of our community.
 
It is by empowering one another that we can turn any ideal into reality. All proceeds from the auction will directly fund summer grants and post-graduate stipends for students who commit to serving the public interest — a choice which would be impossible without your support.
 
Thank you,
Meena Sharma L’10
Claire Radon L’10
Isaac Glassman L’10
Auction co-chairs
EJF Auction co-chairs (from left) Meena Sharma, Claire Radon and Isaac Glassman
Participants make their bids during the silent auction.
 
Not sure if this bidder was successful, but everyone was a winner for supporting public service.