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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.