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October 24, 2013

A ‘flurry’ at the law school

Oregon Law student group kicks off fall fundraiser

According to the latest weather forecasts, the University of Oregon School of Law is about to experience some serious snow flurries.

"A Flurry of Giving," the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF) annual fundraiser, kicks off Monday, Nov. 4, and runs through Tuesday, Nov. 26. IMG_2270

OLSPIF sells decorated, paper snowflakes in order to provide stipends for law students who want to spend their summers working in public service. During the long Thanksgiving weekend, a team of OLSPIF board members and volunteers turn the School of Law's Wayne Morse Commons into a winter wonderland with the purchased snowflakes and bright lights.

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

Orders also may be emailed to Annie Borton at borton@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.

Snowflakes also may be purchased at the OLSPIF table in the Oregon Law commons area during any lunch hour between Nov. 4 and 26.

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 17 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.

IMG_2272The primary beneficiaries of Oregon Law's public service programs such as OLSPIF are people in need within the local 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.

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