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The PILF Auction & Gala is an annual cocktail party fundraiser that draws high levels of participation among students, faculty, staff and alumni. By donating and bidding on a wide range of both silent and live auction items, the entire Law School community comes together for this popular event in order to support students engaged in summer public interest internships.

2019 Auction & Gala

  • When: February 15, 2019
  • Where: Washington Duke Inn
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Attire: Semi-formal

Presale tickets will be available at Star Commons at the times and on the dates listed! We accept checks and Visa/Mastercard.

Tickets

$25 Presale
$30 At the Door

  • February 4, 11:00-3:00
  • February 5, 11:00-3:00
  • February 6, 11:00-3:00
  • February 7, 11:00-3:00
  • February 11, 11:00-3:00
  • February 12, 11:00-3:00

Support PILF by:

  1. Coming to the Auction
  2. Bidding on an Item
  3. Donating an Item
  4. Sponsoring the Auction
  5. Volunteering at the Auction

The PILF Auction & Gala is an annual cocktail party fundraiser that draws high levels of participation among students, faculty, staff and alumni. This year, PILF will be celebrating Dean Levi's commitment to public service throughout his time at Duke University. By donating and bidding on a wide range of both silent and live auction items, the entire Law School community comes together for this popular event in order to support students engaged in summer public interest internships. The items at auction will be donations solicited by PILF throughout the year from law firms, local businesses, faculty, students, and alumni. Popular items have included a law school parking lot pass, vacation time shares, Duke Basketball paraphernalia, dinners with professors, guitar lessons, and climbing trips.

2019 Auction Items Preview

  • Four Duke vs. UNC Men's Basketball tickets

  • Two Broadway Tickets

  • Football signed by Coach Cutcliffe

  • "Pizzazz at Parizade" with General Dunlap

  • Law Lot Parking Pass

  • Signed Duke Men's Basketball poster

  • A poker night for 20 with Professors Richman and Wiener

  • 2 DPAC tickets and parking passes to Anastasia

  • A gourmet meal for six prepared by Professors Blocher, Levy, and Young

  • One month of unlimited yoga sessions at Blue Point Yoga

  • Golf balls autographed by Shaquille O'Neal and Bill Clinton

*Updated daily as more donations come in!*

View the final list of 2019 items, and their sections, here

2019 Auction Sponsors

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Donate an Auction Item

If you would like to donate an item to be auctioned, please email our Assistant Auction Director, Ana Maganto Ramirez, with your contact information, a description of the item you would like to donate, and the item’s estimated value. Please send donation items to:

Public Interest Law Foundation
Duke University School of Law
210 Science Drive
Box 90367
Durham, NC 27708

Donate Money or Become a Sponsor

Monetary donations are always welcome. Please visit our donations page to learn more.

We have plenty of sponsorship opportunities. If you are an interested law firm, please contact our Law Firm Donation Coordinator, Ellie Shingleton. If you are an interested alum, please contact our Alumni Donation Coordinator, Nick Buchta.  If you are an interested faculty member, please contact our Faculty Donation Coordinator, Sophia Tan.

Business Donations

If you are an interested business, please contact our Business Donation Coordinator, Marissa Cantu.

Tax Deductions

Donations to PILF may be tax deductible. You will be sent a receipt for any donations you make, including item donations.

Thank you for supporting the Public Interest Law Foundation.

Proxy Bids

Would you like to place a proxy bid for an auction item? This offer is only available to Duke Law alumni, faculty, and staff. 

If interested, please email PILFauctionproxy@law.duke.edu with the following information: your name, silent auction or live auction, item number and brief description, maximum bid amount, and preferred email and phone number. Proxy bids are accepted until 5 p.m. EST on Friday, February 15th. 

A student volunteer will respond to your email to confirm that we have received your bid. If you win an item, you will be contacted soon after the auction for payment and pick-up instructions.

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Contact our Auction Director, Grace Hitzeman, with any other questions regarding the auction.