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Public Interest Week

Public Interest Week is the crown jewel of the Law School’s many socially-conscious events.

Started in 2008, Public Interest Week brings together the Law School community, as well as members of the broader local, national, and international service-minded community, for a week full of interconnected programs centered on a common theme. Throughout the week there are both student and departmental panel discussions along with evening interviews and conversations with attorneys, academics, activists, and community members working to advance their causes at the highest levels.

The week’s keynote event is a lecture given by the Honorary Fellow-in-Residence. Each year, the Law School hosts a new Honorary Fellow who joins us for several days during Public Interest Week. The Honorary Fellow meets with students, presents their work to our faculty, and engages with the administration.

Past Honorary Fellows have included:

  • Sherrilyn Ifill (President and Executive Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund)
  • Benjamin Crump (Civil Rights Attorney)
  • Reed Brody (Counsel for Human Rights Watch)
  • Marcia Greenberger (Founder and Co-President for the National Women’s Law Center)

Public Interest Week ends with a huge celebration – the Annual Public Interest Student & Alumni Dinner. This dinner provides a wonderful opportunity for current public interest-minded students to network with public sector alumni, faculty, and community partners while enjoying good food and music.