If you weren’t able to attend the UBSPI Auction on Feb. 22, you definitely missed a great evening. But you still have a chance to support this important cause!
Even though we raised $26,675 to support summer public interest fellowships for students, if we raise a bit more we can support eight students instead of seven. Use this crowdfunding link to help us reach our goal of $32,000 by Friday, Mar. 15.
UBSPI President Sarah Simmons, Class of 2019, talks about the importance of these summer stipends. “The auction is important because all of the proceeds go towards helping UB law students who are working at unpaid public interest organizations that do good in the community.
“Students who aspire to practice public interest law know that they will not be the attorneys with six-figure salaries right out of school, but we do it because we believe in serving underprivileged communities and using our legal superpowers to help others,” says Simmons.
“That being said, there are expenses that go along with working at these internships, such as gas, parking, food, and other living expenses,” Simmons continues. “Providing grant funding to these students enables them to focus full-time on both their development at the organization and the communities they are serving, without having to split their time working a second paid job.
“The event was a great success — not only because we met our fundraising goal, but because we had the enthusiastic participation of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We had a broad range of auction items this year, with a particularly robust and diverse silent auction.
“This year, we were also successful in doing a lot of pre-auction fundraising through campaigns like Giving Tuesday #BowOnPoe, which gave us a head start going into the event,” Simmons says.
Thank you to everyone who supported the auction and UBSPI, including our generous in-kind sponsors, volunteers, attendees and everyone who bid on auction items. We couldn’t have done it without you!