Columbia Law School Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Auction 2009 Preview

New York, February 20, 2009 -- The 17th Annual "Bid for Justice" Auction is less than two weeks away.  Wielding the gavel not as judges but as auctioneers will be Professors Ted Shaw, Jim Tierney, Matt Waxman, and Tim Wu.

Thanks to support from the Columbia Law School community, law firms, and local businesses, items up for bid so far include:

  • weekend biking trip and lunch with Professor Peter Strauss
  • dinner for two with Professor Ted Shaw
  • dinner with Dean for the Social Justice Program Ellen Chapnick and ACLU Legal Director Steve Shapiro
  • martini-making clinic for 16 students with Professor Philip Bobbitt
  • museum tour with a former art history lecturer and current Law School student
  • yoga and pilates classes
  • tickets to cultural and sporting events

WHAT:          Columbia Public Interest Law Foundation’s “Bid for Justice” Auction

WHEN:          Thursday, March 5, 2009

Silent Auction: 7–9 p.m.
Live Auction: 8–10 p.m.

WHERE:        Columbia University, Roone Arledge Auditorium
Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, bet. 114th and 115th Sts.
#1 train to 116th Street

TICKETS:      $10 for Columbia students/$20 for non-students

Additional support for this year’s auction comes from the firms Arent Fox; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Bingham McCutchen; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Dewey & LeBoeuf; DLA Piper; Fried Frank; Fulbright & Jaworski; Jenner & Block; Latham & Watkins; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; and Troutman Sanders.


Founded in 1980, Columbia Law School’s Public Interest Law Foundation is an independent non-profit organization run by Columbia Law School students. Half of the money from PILF’s auction supports the Law School’s guaranteed summer funding, which gives all Columbia Law School students stipends to work for a qualified public service organization during their first-year summer. The other half provides grants to non-profit legal organizations that apply to PILF’s Community Grants Program.


Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, criminal, and environmental law.