WUPILP Auction a Success

The 12th Annual Willamette University Public Interest Law Project (WUPILP) Auction, "A Bid for Justice," held March 13, was a resounding success. More than two hundred Willamette law students, faculty, staff and other members of the community gathered in Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore. to sip wine, nosh on gourmet hors d'oeuvres and bid on fun and interesting items, such as a night at Portland's Benson Hotel, season ski lift passes, concert tickets, art work, six-course meals prepared by a professor, a weekend at a vacation home and one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry. All the money raised from the silent and oral auctions supports summer fellowships for Willamette law students.

More than 90 organizations and nearly 60 individuals donated items for the auction. In addition, five wineries – Airlie Winery, Chateau Benoit, Duck Pond Cellars, Van Duzer Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyard – donated wine for the event.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award, which went to Eric Lindauer. The Salem attorney has long provided support and leadership for public interest law and for the Campaign for Equal Justice, a nonprofit organization which raises money to support legal aid services in Oregon.

The WUPILP auction raised approximately $15,000, which will fund six student fellowships that enable law students to work for public interest organizations that would otherwise be unable to hire law clerks. The fellowships take students out of the classroom and allow them to serve the community and make a difference.

Congratulations to this year’s WUPILP fellows and organizations:

  • Heather Vogelsong, Boulder County Legal Services, Boulder, Colo.
  • Greg Rios, Lane County Law and Advocacy Center, Eugene, Ore.
  • Scott Harris, Office of Public Defense Services, Salem, Ore.
  • Vanessa Allyn, The Coalition for International Justice, Washington D.C.
  • Aaron Pelley, Marion-Polk Legal Aid Services, Salem, Ore.
  • Courtney Sasser, CASA Clackamas County, Oregon City, Ore.