The 25th annual Public Interest Law Association (PILA) auction raised more than $17,000 via a silent and live auction on Feb. 25.
All funds will be used to sponsor students working in unpaid voluntary public interest jobs this summer.
“The PILA auction is important to so many because it provides a financial assistance to those who are committed to working in public interest,” said Alex Stone (J.D. ’17), PILA president. “With our help, they can continue to work in areas that are underserved.”
Attendees bid on various items donated by community sponsors, alumni and faculty.
“As always, the bidding was fast and furious for the privilege of spending time with faculty members attending ball games, concerts, or dinners,” said Roy Sobelson, professor of law, who served as the auctioneer. “In some cases, faculty members will be taking students golfing, bowling, shooting, playing squash or flying.”
Jessica Williams-Vickery (J.D. ’18), auction chair, helped organize the event, themed “A Night at the Lawscars.”
“Thanks to Williams-Vickery’s efforts and a host of PILA members and volunteers, the evening was a great success,” Sobelson said. “We owe a tremendous debt to the student volunteers, who put on a terrific event.”
The PILA board presented Fulton County Superior Court judge Shawn LaGrua (J.D. ’87) with the SOAR (Serving Others and Achieving Results) Award at the event. The honor is given annually to an attorney who has done an exceptional job of serving the community and helping those in need.
“Judge LaGrua is a dedicated public servant who also loves Georgia State Law,” Stone said. “The PILA board was excited to receive her nomination and was honored to present such an esteemed member of our legal community with this award.”