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2017 PILP Auction



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The Honorable Michael McShane to be awarded Commitment to Public Interest Award at the 2017 PILP Auction!!

Lewis & Clark Law School will honor Michael McShane, US District Court Judge for the District of Oregon, with the Larry K. Amburgey Commitment to Public Interest Law Award on February 11, 2017, at the Public Interest Law Project Auction. Judge McShane graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1988 before joining the Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland. He then served as a full-time Judge Pro Tempore on the Multnomah County Circuit Court from 1997 to 2001 and as a Judge on the same court from 2001 to 2013. In 2004, Judge McShane was named to the Governor’s Re-Entry Council, which strives to improve the success rates of parolees returning to society after their incarceration. He was confirmed to the federal court in 2013 and currently serves in Eugene.

On and off the bench, Judge McShane is committed to helping at-risk youth. He spent six years on the board of St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free middle school designed to prepare children living in poverty for a college preparatory education. As a state judge, he brought students into his courtroom on a weekly basis to expose them to the justice system. Judge McShane also presided over the Portland Classroom Law Project’s Summer Law Camp for inner city kids. In his own life, Judge McShane is an adoptive and foster parent.

The Larry K. Amburgey Commitment to Public Interest Law Award was established in 2011 to recognize Lewis & Clark Law School graduates who demonstrate long-term and loyal commitment to the public interest law program at the law school. The public is welcome to attend the auction and award presentation.

About the Auction

PILP is a student-run organization at Lewis & Clark Law School that encourages and supports budding attorneys pursuing careers in public interest law. The PILP Auction is our group’s largest fundraiser, bringing together the Portland community to raise funds to continue the Summer Stipend and Loan Repayment Assistance Programs. 

Through the Summer Stipend Program, PILP supports students doing invaluable work at public interest organizations in Oregon and across the country by providing stipends to cover their living expenses. Since its inception, PILP summer stipends have helped over 275 students finance more than 10,000 hours of public interest law work at no cost to their employers. This past year, PILP granted 13 summer stipends to students working at the Northwest Justice Project, San Diego County Office of Public Defenders, Compassion Over Killing, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Oregon Innocence Project, among other public interest organizations. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program allows alumni to work for human rights organizations, Native American tribes, disability rights groups, conservation nonprofits, and other public interest organizations without some of the heavy burden of student loans.

For more information about the 2017 PILP Auction, please visit

Donate to Support PILP Stipends

Generous donations from business owners and community members like you help provide opportunities to students and serve the public interest by:

  • Promoting volunteerism and community involvement among Lewis & Clark Law School students.
  • Providing students with experience and inspiration to support people and causes that are traditionally underrepresented.
  • Connecting nonprofits and other public interest organizations with Lewis & Clark Law School students and alumni, laying the foundation for a lifetime of public interest and pro bono service, through Loan Repayment Assistance and Summer Stipend Programs.

to the Auction

Donation forms may be returned by email, fax or mail.  Donations must be made by January 13, 2017.

PILP also gratefully accepts cash donations.  Click here to make a cash donation to PILP.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors and Donors!


Sponsors of the PILP Auction: 
  • Honorable Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman

  • Larkins Vacura Kayser, LLP
  • Law Offices of Judy Snyder
  • Stephen Houze
  • Janet Hoffman and Associates, LLC
  • Wiles Law Group
  • Alan W. Karpinski, P.C.
  • James D. Lang
  • Kauffman Kilberg, LLC
  • David T. McDonald, P.C.
  • Boise Matthews LLP
  • Emily Simon
  • Larry Amburgey
  • Oregon Education Association’s Center for Legal Services
Donors to the PILP Auction:
  • Bishops Barbershop
  • Ecliptic Brewing
  • Toro Bravo
  • Marco’s Cafe and Espresso Bar
  • Peach Tree Gifts
  • Village Coffee
  • Cowhorn Vineyard
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum
  • Topanien Global Gifts
  • Adam Arms
  • Afterglow Aerial Arts
  • Alder Creek Kayak
  • betsy & iya
  • Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters
  • Center for Food Safety
  • Disney
  • Hannah Lew
  • Judy Snyder and Paul Ellis
  • Kaplan Bar Review
  • Phillip Margolin
  • Portland Rock Gym
  • Themis Bar Review
  • Trailhead Coffee Roasters
  • Valley View Winery
  • Artistic Bliss Portraits
  • Coquille Valley Elks
  • Devine Color Commercial
  • Museum of Popular Culture
  • Healing Arts Animal Care
  • Lace Beauty
  • Megan Amos
  • Pawsitively Clean
  • Planet Granite
  • RedTail Golf Center
  • Teresa Smith
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • Bill Chin
  • Elizabeth Graves
  • Lash PDX
  • Portland Nursery
  • Daryl Wilson
  • Washman Auto Spas
  • Oregon Historical Society
  • Jessica Gordon
  • New Renaissance Bookshop
  • Northwest Children’s Theater
  • High Desert Museum
  • Oregon Symphony
  • Renata
  • Dean Jennifer Johnson & Paul Francis
  • Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Dayna Jones
  • New Heights Physical Therapy
  • Diva Den Studio
  • Glendoveer Golf Course
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Environmental Faculty & Staff
  • Elk Cove Vineyards
  • Stumptown Dance
  • Portland Piano Company
  • Flying Pie Pizzeria
  • Fort George Brewery
  • Judith Miller
  • Chamber Music Northwest
  • Ozan Varol
  • Cari Baermann
  • eNRG Kayaking
  • Tyee Lodge
  • Whitney Boise & Larry Matasar
  • Tom Buchele
  • Full Sail Brewing
  • Paloma Clothing
  • Acadia Bistro
  • Portland Hot Yoga
  • Garden Fever!
  • Common Ground Wellness Cooperative
  • Iron Horse Restaurant
  • Willamette Valley Soaring Club
  • Bendistillery
  • Audubon Society of Portland
  • Kathy Hessler
  • Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa
  • Friends of Chamber Music
  • Fifty Licks LLC
  • Aliza Kaplan
  • Sarah Petersen
  • Lady Hill Winery
  • English Estate Winery
  • Clint & Barbara Benson
  • Sellwood Cycle Repair
  • Cedar Bends Golf Club
  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park
  • Senator Betsy Johnson
  • Oregon Humane Society
  • Le Pigeon
  • Giftique Gift Baskets
  • Kenai Red Fish Co.
  • Portland Kayak Company
  • Twisted PDX





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