Constitution of the Public Interest Law Foundation
PILF works year round, in collaboration with the law school, to provide grants for students pursuing otherwise unpaid summer internships. Due to the annual success of our fundraising efforts, we are able to assist an average of 30 students with summer funding. The organizations that our members intern at are diverse not only in their focuses but also in their locations. Whether your interest is in criminal defense work, international human rights, or environmental law, PILF endeavors to finacially assist its members.
Fundraising activities include:
Faculty Lounge Service
Early rising PILF volunteers prepare the faculty lounge every morning with coffee, juice, and pastries all year, including the summer.
The most celebrated of PILF's fundraisers is its annual auction that is held each spring and is widely recognized as the best annual law school event. The auction is open to students, faculty, and alumni.
Alumni outreach through Public Service Endowment
Started by Dean Meyer in Spring 2011.
In its constant search for new ways to raise money, PILF's entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and gave rise to its recents catering service. Throughout the year, Tulane Law hires PILF to cater numerous events.
PILF provides an opportunity for law students to get involved in the local New Orleans community by organizing a monthly community service project. These projects may or may not be legal in nature, depending on the month. Designed to facilitate the integration of law students into the greater New Orleans community, community service projects also provide an excellent opportunity for public interest students to network and socialize.
Participants in the PILF Street Law program team up with the Orleans Public Defender's Office to educate local high school classes about their search and seizure rights through skits, open discussion, and targeted questioning.
Promote public interest law
PILF works with the Pro Bono office and the CDO to make sure that public interest-minded students are informed with regard to available volunteer opportunities, fellowships, grants, loan repayment assistance, internships, and, of course, post-graduate employment. Activities include:
Throughout the year, PILF invites attorneys from New Orleans' several public interest organizations, from the Innocence Project to Catholic Charities. These events give students the great opportunity to hear from and meet with leaders in the legal community.
Equal Justice Works
Equal Justice Works holds an annual conference and career fair in Washington, D.C. each October. PILF assists interested members in attending this event by providing travel grants.