Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

From One Week to All Year - The Public Interest Law Committee Raises Funds and Awareness to Benefit Students September 16, 2013
From One Week to All Year - The Public Interest Law Committee Raises Funds and Awareness to Benefit Students

Every year, the Public Interest Law Committee (PILC) puts together a week of events to raise money for the Public Interest Law Fund, which supports Summer Public Interest Law Grants and other related opportunities for students and new graduates. In addition, these events are intended to promote the benefits of public interest work in the legal field and encourage students to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available both on and off campus. This year, the PILC chose to spread the events throughout the year, starting things off with the popular Casino Night this Saturday.

"By having events throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, we thought we would be better able to recruit more students to participate," said PILC President Karina Godoy. "It will be easier for students to get involved if the events are spread out, instead of back-to-back over a week as in years past. We are also able to reinforce the benefit of public interest grants and other opportunities, so they don't forget once grant application time comes around. And finally, we wanted to motivate those students who may not usually participate to get involved in public interest activities and reinforce the many benefits they can gain while helping others, such as substantive legal skills, client interactions, resume building, etc. - all of these skills are transferable regardless of the kind of law you want to practice."

Poker Table at Casino NightThe Fifth Annual Casino Night, co-sponsored by the Student Bar Association and Law Commentator, will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., on the second floor of the Bullocks Wilshire Building. This year's theme is "Hollywood Glam" - guests are encouraged to dress-to-impress and walk the red carpet in style. The lively event includes a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament; several tables of black jack, roulette and craps; and a Live Auction featuring outings with faculty members and other exciting items. All tickets include gambling money, drink vouchers and access to the free photo booth. Attendees can then turn their chips into raffle tickets for a chance to win amazing prizes. Tickets, which are $30 for general admission and $40 for the poker tournament, can be purchased online at (must be 21 to attend).

In lieu of the traditional silent auction held in years past, the PILC has created a "Party Book" website, where members of the Southwestern community can purchase spots in a variety of events hosted by professors and staff - all funds raised go toward this worthy cause. Visit to view the events and sign-up for one or more of these amazing opportunities.

"As faculty advisor for PILC, I am fortunate to work with such a passionate, dedicated and tireless group of students who are working hard to fundraise for their fellow students - ultimately benefiting the community," Professor Laura Cohen said. "In addition, planning events throughout the year will continue to bring awareness to the importance of providing public service to our community."

The events will continue through the fall semester with a Public Counsel panel on September 30, bake sale on October 30 and the lively Trivia Bowl on November 13. Additional events will be announced in Today at Southwestern and on the PILC TWEN page.