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.
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.
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!
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
- Oregon Education Association’s Center for Legal Services
- David T. McDonald, P.C.
- Boise Matthews LLP
- Emily Simon
- Bishops Barbershop
- Ecliptic Brewing
- 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
- Hannah Lew
- Judy Snyder and Paul Ellis
- Kaplan Bar Review
- Phillip Margolin
- Portland Rock Gym
- Themis Bar Review
- Trailhead Coffee Roasters
- Valley View Winery