February 23, 2013
The PILF Auction & Gala has typically been the most profitable fundraising activity, and a good opportunity for grant applicants to volunteer their time. In 2011, about 450 people attended the auction and almost $30,000 was raised to support grants. The auction is held every year in the spring, normally coincident with Duke Law Parents’ Weekend and tends to be one of the most entertaining organized activities of the year. Auction night consists of food, drinks, a silent auction, and a live auction. The items at auction were donations solicted by PILF throughout the year from law firms, local businesses, faculty, students, and alumni. Popular items have included a law school parking lot pass, vacation time shares, Duke Basketball paraphernalia, dinners with professors, guitar lessons, and climbing trips.
You can support PILF by (1) coming to the auction, (2) bidding on an item, (3) donating an item, (4) sponsoring the auction (like the sponsors listed to the side), or (5) volunteering.
If you would like to bid on an item but are unable to attend the auction, you can place a proxy bid. To do so, email the Auction Manager Chair with the subject “Proxy Bidding”; in the body of the email please include the name of the item you wish to bid for and your maximum bid. A student will be assigned to bid on your behalf on the night of the auction. The student will bid as if they were you, attempting to win the item at the lowest price while not exceeding your maximum bid.
Donate an auction item:
If you would like to donate an item to be auctioned, please email the Auction Donations Coordinator Kendyl Tash with your contact information, a description of the item you would like to donate and the item’s estimated value.
Donate money or become a sponsor:
Monetary donations are always welcome. Checks made payable to the “Duke Law School” can be sent to:
Public Interest Law Foundation
c/o Auction Manager
Duke University School of Law
210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Donate $500 or more and become an auction sponsor. Sponsor’s names are included in the auction advertisement materials and here on the website. If you would like to sponsor the auction please contact the Law Firm Coordinator Daniel Prichard or Auction Donations Coordinator Kendyl Tash.
All donations to PILF are tax deductable. You will be sent a receipt for any donations you make, including item donations.