Apr 13, 2007 — This year’s annual Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA) Auction at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law was a stunning success, raising approximately $260,000 from auctioned items, sponsors, and other gifts. A total of $560,000, which included a grant from the David Berg Foundation and other funds, will award $4,000 stipends to 140 students who will work in unpaid summer jobs in the public sector.
Over the past three years, the auction has resulted in significantly higher contributions to funding public interest summer stipends. From raising $80,000 in 2005, to $200,000 in 2006, and now $260,000 in 2007, the auction’s growth indicates how important the public interest program is to the Cardozo community.
The success is also a reflection of the leadership of Cardozo’s Board Chair, Kathryn O. Greenberg ’82C and her commitment to public service. Ms. Greenberg–who founded New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), a full-service not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services for low-income New Yorkers–has brought the same vigor and dedication to the spirit and organization of the auction and to the students who pull it all together.