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October 27, 2011

A ‘Flurry’ of Giving begins Nov. 1

The Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF) is preparing for winter with A Flurry of Giving. From Nov. 1-22, OLSPIF will be selling snowflakes as a fundraiser. OLSPIF is a student group dedicated to providing stipends for law students to work in public service.

During the Thanksgiving weekend, purchased snowflakes will be decorated by volunteers and used to adorn the University of Oregon School of Law.

Snowflakes cost $1 (small), $5 (medium) and $10 (large), and can be ordered online at http://tinyurl.com/flurry2011.

Orders also can be emailed to Kasia Mlynski, kmlynski@uoregon.edu, and paid for by check to Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund, c/o Jane Steckbeck, 1221 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1221.

In addition, snowflakes may be purchased by visiting the OLSPIF table in the UO School of Law’s Wayne Morse Commons area during any lunch hour from Nov.1-22.

Fundraisers, such as A Flurry of Giving, play a vital role in allowing law students to work in public service organizations because often those organizations cannot afford to pay for legal clerks. Last year, OLSPIF awarded 15 law students stipends. These students worked in the summer for organizations such as the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Centro LatinoAmericano and Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

Ultimately, the main beneficiaries of public service support programs, such as OLSPIF, are people in need who could not otherwise access legal services. Students who receive the stipends provide legal assistance to organizations whose capacity to help is often overwhelmed by a vast amount of client need. The time students spend working for public service organizations is time spent benefiting the greater community.

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