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November 5, 2012

Oregon Law Student Group Kicks Off Fall Fundraiser

Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF) will sell snowflakes in order to provide stipends for law students to work in public service in their fall fundraiser, Flurry of Giving, from Monday, Nov. 5 to Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Paper snowflakes

Fundraisers such as 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. In past years, OLSPIF has provided up to 13 law students with summer stipends. These students went on to do summer work for organizations such as the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth.

Ultimately, the main beneficiaries of public service programs such as OLSPIF are people in need within our community. Students who receive the stipends provide legal assistance to organizations whose capacity to help the community 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.

Snowflakes cost $5 (small), $10 (medium) and $20 (large), and can be ordered online at https://law.uoregon.edu/snowflakes/.  The public may also order a “snow shower” for $100 and receive a cluster of snowflakes decorated by OLSPIF students.

Orders also can be emailed to Amanda Schuft, at aschuft@uoregon.edu, and paid for by check to UO Foundation/Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund, c/o Jane Steckbeck, 1221 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1221.

In addition, you can purchase a snowflake by visiting the OLSPIF table in the Oregon Law commons area during any lunch hour during Nov. 5- 20. Purchased snowflakes will be decorated by volunteers over the Thanksgiving weekend and used to adorn the Oregon Law common areas.

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