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Georgia Law to host annual benefit auction for student fellowships

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Georgia Law to host annual benefit auction for student fellowships

Friday, February 13, 2015

Writer: Lona Panter, 706/542-5172, lonap@uga.edu Contact: Chloe Ricke, 305/310-9475, cricke@uga.edu

UGA School of Law to host annual benefit auction for student fellowships

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law’s Equal Justice Foundation will host its 30th annual benefit auction Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at The Foundry (formerly the Melting Point) in downtown Athens. The evening will include both live and silent auctions.

Proceeds from the event will go toward EJF summer fellowships, which help support Georgia Law students working in summer public interest positions for little or no compensation. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Items collected for this year’s auction include: a weekend getaway at a mountain house, gift certificates and items from local restaurants and shops, professor-hosted activities for students outside the classroom and state bar exam preparation courses.

“This event is a fun way to spend a Saturday night, and it is also a way for the Athens community to help support law students who are working to make a difference in the public interest realm and for the organizations they serve,” second-year law student and auction chair Chloe S. Ricke said.

Last year, proceeds from the auction allowed EJF to award 10 fellowships to Georgia Law students working in public interest positions across the country. Some organizations where Georgia Law students have worked in the past include: the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, The Bronx Defenders, Gideon’s Promise, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Humane Society and the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

For more information on the EJF auction, see http://www.law.uga.edu/equal-justice-foundation.

The Equal Justice Foundation is a student-run organization devoted to the promotion of public interest law. EJF works to provide stipends for Georgia Law students who have chosen to work in unpaid, public interest positions over the summer.

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, the UGA School of Law was established in 1859. With an accomplished faculty, which includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship, Georgia Law offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the renowned Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. Its advocacy program is counted among the nation’s best, winning four national championships in 2013-14 alone. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.

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