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February 7, 2011

Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund to host 16th annual auction Feb. 18

Fourteen-karat diamond and gold 'O' pendant among auction items

The Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF) will host its 16th Annual Auction, which raises money to fund stipends for Oregon Law students volunteering for unpaid public service work, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the Eugene Country Club. Among the numerous items to be auctioned off is a 14-karat gold and diamond University of Oregon “O” pendant with gold chain, valued at $1,350, from Portland’s Malka Diamonds & Jewelry.

The OLSPIF Auction is the highlight of the spring semester at Oregon Law. It is a semi-formal event, and is a chance for the law school and local communities to come together in support of public interest work. The Silent Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., accompanied by dinner and followed by a dessert auction. Law Professor Tom Lininger will call the Live Auction at 7 p.m. and attendees will bid on various items donated by Eugene and Portland businesses, and members of the local Eugene community. A complete list of auction items is available at law.uoregon.edu/org/olspif/auction.

OLSPIF is dedicated to providing greater access to legal representation in our communities. All auction proceeds will provide stipends for students working in public interest positions that otherwise would be unpaid. In this way, OLSPIF helps ensure that public interest organizations have the staff necessary to accomplish their goals, and that students gain legal skills by handling actual legal issues and working directly with clients, under attorney supervision.

Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for all others. To register for the OLSPIF 16th Annual Auction, please visit www.uoregonlaw.com/olspif2011.

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