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Pepperdine Raises $31,552 for Public Interest Fellowships

Pepperdine’s tenth annual Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) auction raised $31,552 to fund fellowships for students who embark on public interest law positions this summer. The fellowships allow students to serve in places such as the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Children’s Law Center, as well as many others.

In a new element instituted this year, a portion of the auction was held at the law school’s annual dinner on March 6, where a total of $8,650 was raised. During the silent and public auctions on April 14, a total of $7,126 was raised. Funds from both auction dates were matched dollar for dollar by the deans’ office this year, adding an additional $15,776. Additional funds were received from generous private donors.

The APIL auction helps to fund public interest work for 40 to 50 students each year. Students who are interested in receiving funding submit an application detailing their summer position along with a letter explaining their commitment to public interest law before they are selected by a committee.

"We had a slew of amazing donations this year," said student Lauren Moon, the APIL auction committee chair. “Our most popular items are the many activities and dinners donated by our faculty members. It is a chance for students to get to know their professors outside of class. Dinner with Dean Starr, a poker tournament with Dean Gash, and golfing with Professor Schultz are among some of the most popular items.”

This years auction items included many different activities, including lunch at Guidos with Vice Chancellor and Dean Emeritus Ron Phillips, an Oceanside dinner at the Beach Club with Dean Bost and his wife, one shift ‘ride-along’ with Sergeant Lurie at LAPD’s southeast division, patrolling Watts, two private dance lessons with John Cassese, and semester-long study carrels in the library, among others.

To learn more about APIL, visit their Web site