Annual Public Interest Law Society (PILS) Auction

PILS Auction

The 24th Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction

April 5, 2019, 5:30 - 9 pm

The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) auction is an annual student-run event that raises money for outreach assistantships awarded to innovative, enthusiastic and dedicated students at NIU College of Law who work in unpaid public interest legal positions. 

Through their work these students aid underrepresented individuals who cannot afford legal services through conventional methods.  In the past students have worked with victims of domestic violence, immigrants and refugees, juveniles, the homeless and those falsely accused of committing crimes. 

These outreach assistantships benfit both our students and the community. Our students receive valuable legal experience and clients receive legal assistance they desperately need.   

We begin the event with a silent auction and then take hotly contested items to a live auction! We strongly encourage you to contribute to this great cause and help provide NIU College of Law students an opportunity to pursue their goal of working in the public interest.

PILS Newsletter

Volume 7, issue 2 (2019)

Interested in Participating?

We welcome both monetary and in-kind contributions. Scholarships are also funded through advertisements in our auction booklet. Learn more from our contribution and advertising registration form.

Past donations include:

  • One night stay at Waldorf Astoria Chicago
  • Tickets to Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Sky
  • Tickets to The Joffrey Ballet
  • Guest passes to Chicago History Museum and Shedd Aquarium
  • Lake Geneva Cruise Getaway

Thanks to Our Sponsors

We are proud to partner with sponsors whose support provides law students with memorable and meaningful opportunities. If you or your organization is interested in supporting PILS, complete our contribution and advertising registration form.


"The stipend helped me accept a position as a volunteer law clerk for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General Division of Government Compliance and Enforcement. I was able to dedicate myself to serving the public interest of the people of Washington. This office protects the public interest by enforcing professional and business licensing laws related to public health and safety."Robert Bulanda, Class of 2019

"The PILS stipend minimized my financial summer worries, since I accepted an unpaid summer position at a State’s Attorney’s Office. I was able to invest my time into furthering my legal education through practice rather than work a summer job in order to make ends meet."Angelika Iwanicki, Class of 2020

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