From Environmental Advocacy to Pediatric Healthcare, Stern College Students Show Passion for Public Service on Summer Internships
Thousands of law school graduates mired in considerable educational debt are shunning jobs in public service law because these jobs pay considerably less than those in the private sector. Indeed, a 2006 report from Equal Justice Works confirms that the double burden of high debt and low salaries affects recruitment and retention in the government and non-profit workforce and threatens to strike “a debilitating blow to the future of full-time public service.”
“Open your hearts and your wallets!” was the rallying cry at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s 16th annual Public Service Auction held on April 3. A capacity crowd filled the lobby and enjoyed live rock music, great food, and a silent auction of items including tickets to sporting events and Broadway shows, beauty treatments, and sports club packages. This year the auction raised $335,000, $75,000 more than last year and $35,000 more than their goal.
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.