Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

Public Interest Law Week Helps Students Help Those in Need September 10, 2012
Public Interest Law Week Helps Students Help Those in Need

Get your gambling luck and good deeds ready! Featuring panel discussions, a cookout, the Trivia Bowl and the hugely popular Casino Night, Southwestern's 22nd Annual Public Interest Law Week (PILW) is about to begin. This student-organized series of events raises money for our Public Interest Law Fund that supports Summer Public Interest Grants, Public Interest Fellowships and other public interest opportunities for students and new graduates.

"Public Interest Law Week is a tremendous event," Dean Austen Parrish said. "It highlights how committed Southwestern students are to making a difference in our communities. The week is also critically important because it raises money to enable our students to work with public interest organizations that provide free or low-cost legal assistance to those in need. I'm incredibly proud of all the public interest work that our students do. Public Interest Law Week is a nice celebration of those accomplishments."

Southwestern's Summer Public Interest Law Grant program was established in 1990 with the mission of providing a stipend to students seeking summer law clerkships with nonprofit or government organizations that provide free or low-cost legal assistance to low-income or marginalized individuals or underserved communities.

"We've put together a fantastic week of events that will give students an opportunity to have fun while providing a feel for the kind of important work that public interest lawyers do," said Natasha Chevalier, President of the Public Interest Law Committee (PILC). "We hope PILW will encourage more students to become involved in this vital area of the law that helps those from underserved communities get the legal representation they need."


Student Bar Association (SBA) and PILC Kick-off Event: Brats Cookout

Wednesday, September 12, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m., Student Commons

The SBA and the PILC will be serving hotdogs and brats, drinks and music in the Student Commons! This is also your chance to save $5/ticket by purchasing discounted tickets for Casino Night: General Admission for $20 and Poker Tournament tickets - includes tournament entry and general admission - for $30 (discounted tickets available on Wednesday, September 12 only).

Keynote Panel

Tuesday, September 18, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., BW390

Attorneys from the Inner City Law Center, Legal Aid Foundation of LA, Neighborhood Legal Services and Public Counsel will participate in a panel discussion about the collaborative Shriver Housing Project. Learn about life as a public interest attorney and opportunities to work and volunteer in the field throughout the Los Angeles community.

Bake Sale

Wednesday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Westmoreland Steps

Trivia Bowl Challenge

Thursday, September 20, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Student Commons

If you are interested in forming a Trivia Bowl team, pick up a registration form in the SBA Office. All completed registration packets must be submitted to the Student Affairs Office (W233) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

An Evening Mixer with PILC

Thursday, September 20, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., BW 4th Floor Terrace

Have some food and drinks and learn about public interest opportunities on and off campus. Past Summer Grant recipients and lawyers from several public interest fields will be available to share their experience and network with students. Business attire recommended.

Service Day Outreach

Friday, September 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Lunch: Student Commons, Outreach: Off-Campus

Join us for the training and then volunteer teaching a law-related activity at Camino Nuevo High School. The public service activity and training will qualify for Public Service Program (PSP) hours. Lunch will be served for all participants in the Student Commons. To sign-up for this outreach project, please email Vanessa Sanchez at

Casino Night with Live and Silent Auction
Co-Sponsored by the PILC and SBA

Saturday, September 22, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., BW 2nd Floor

Come play some Texas Hold'em Poker, blackjack, roulette and craps. The general admission ticket price includes $100 worth of playing chips, appetizers, drinks and great prizes, and the Live and Silent Auctions feature amazing items to bid on! General admission is $25. Poker tournament entry with general admission is $35. Black tie encouraged. (Purchase tickets online)