On January 31st the Chicago Law Foundation hosted its annual Public Interest Auction. Not only is the Auction one of the biggest fund-raising efforts for CLF it is also one of the biggest social events of the year. Lauren Kramer ('08), one the organizers of the event, provides us with this recap:
"As students entered the Green Lounge, they were greeted by the CLF Board dressed to the nines in flapper costumes and gangster gear, only to be whisked back in time to an era when the gin was always cold, the band played all night, and everyone would unwind and "speakeasy."
During the silent auction, a jazz band played 1920S hits as guests bid on the vast and varied collection of items available. Highlights included Professor Epstein's vintage ties, a full collection of Supreme Court Bobble Heads, the new iPod Touch, and the remote control boats that formerly graces the Law School fountain. Tables laden with delicious snacks and bartenders shaking or stirring with true grace only added to the atmosphere.
As the silent auction came to a close and Professor Baird stepped up to the podium to begin the live auction portion of the evening, guests sat forward on their chairs and grasped their number with sweaty palms, ready to ferociously bid. Early in the auction, students showed that they were ready to throw down some serious money for public interest. A Neiman Marcus gift card and personal shopper, dinner with Professor Samaha, and a night of poker with Professors Posner and Gersen were early favorites. As the auction progressed, the fervor only increased with intense bidding wars over a Bulls game with Professor Henderson, the opportunity to attend the 2008 NBA Draft and have lunch with the NBA's Deputy Commissioner, and a Kirkland & Ellis-sponsored trip for four to Italy.
All in all, CLF raised over $89,000 at this fabulous event, more than doubling the success of past years. The entire $89,000 will support students who choose to work in the public interest sector. We can only hope that next year will be even better!"
Thanks to Lauren for the great recap and congratulations to all the members of CLF who worked so hard to make this year's Auction such a fantastic success and, of course, thanks to all the members of the Law School community who so generously gave to support our students who dedicate themselves to serving those so much in need.