Equal Justice Foundation's Annual Auction Raises Funds for Students Pursuing Public Interest Internships
Dean Camille Nelson at the Equal Justice Foundation’s 25th Annual Public Interest Auction, held at American University Washington College of Law.

Equal Justice Foundation's Annual Auction Raises Funds for Students Pursuing Public Interest Internships

April 4, 2018

The Equal Justice Foundation’s (EJF) 25th Annual Public Interest Auction took place on Thursday, March 29. Faculty, students, alumni, staff, friends, family, and other members of the American University Washington College of Law community convened in Claudio Grossman Hall for a night of bidding and fun, all for an excellent cause.

Each spring EJF, a student-run organization that raises money for students pursuing unpaid public interest internships over the summer, hosts its annual auction. The auction is EJF’s largest fundraiser of the year and a cornerstone of the AUWCL academic year.

The event was organized by AUWCL students and EJF members Marissa Ditkowsky, Tara Carrier, Audrey Mulholland, Chelsea Lalancette, and Christina Canalizo. Associate Director of Academic Advising and Policy Development Sarah Stanley stepped in as the master of ceremonies, and faculty took turns acting as auctioneers.

EJF collects donations from businesses, organizations, and community members on which attendees can bid. This year, some notable items included one week’s stay at a Disney resort; coffee with AUWCL alumna Judy Smith, the inspiration for Scandal; dinner with AUWCL alumnus and co-founder of SCOTUSblog Tom Goldstein; tickets to Hamilton in New York City; lunch and a Capitol tour with Rep. Jamie Raskin; sports memorabilia and tickets; and much more. 

This year’s auction was a huge success, with EJF raising over $17,000 from the silent auction, live auction, and raffles conducted over the course of the night. These funds will go directly toward stipends for students completing work that directly benefits underrepresented and marginalized communities. Prior recipients have interned at placements such as Ayuda, Bread for the City, Children’s Law Center, Legal Aid Society, public defender services, the Department of Justice, and so many other remarkable causes. So long as EJF continues to fund these internships, recipients will continue to work to ensure that members of indigent communities have access to quality legal representation. 

EJF would like to thank AUWCL staff, faculty, administration, students, and other community members who helped to ensure the auction was such a success. If you missed the event and would like to make a donation to EJF, you can still do so on the EJF website.