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Fun with faculty: Public interest auction raises almost $20,000 for student stipends

A chance to share appetizers, bourbon and cigars with Professors Sally Richardson and Ron Scalise drew the highest bid at the 2017 auction raising funds for Tulane University Law School’s Public Interest Law Foundation.

Professors Jancy Hoeffel and Pam Metzger led the live auction at Tulane’s Public Interest Law Foundation fundraiser April 7.

More than 150 students, faculty members and alumni helped raise $19,500 through the silent and live auctions at Courtyard Brewery in New Orleans April 7.

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Faculty annually donate live-auction items such as Sazeracs for six and lunch at Commander’s Palace. Professors Jancy Hoeffel and Pam Metzger performed auctioneer duties, this year sporting bright blue celestial hair in keeping with the event’s theme, “A Voyage to the Moon.”

PILF honored two on April 7: alum Cashauna Hill (L ’05), executive director of the Greater New Orleans Housing Action Center, here with Tanner Beal (L ’19) and PILF President Allison Skopec (L ’18), and student William Igbokwe (L ’17).

PILF also honored alum Cashauna Hill (L ’05), executive director of the Greater New Orleans Housing Action Center, and student William Igbokwe (L ’17) for their public interest work.

The Public Interest Law Foundation, founded in 1983, is a student-run organization that is integral to Tulane Law’s mission, promoting opportunities in public interest law by helping fund summer stipends for students to work for organizations representing traditionally underrepresented individuals and interests.

Students get close-ups with federal appellate judges

Each year, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turns Tulane Law School’s Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room into a federal courtroom, holding a round of arguments in cases currently before the court. This year’s sitting was March 7, and the three-judge panel consisted of Judges James L. Dennis, Jacques L. Wiener Jr. (L ’61) and Catharina Haynes.

The annual event allows students to listen to arguments and see judges appellate lawyers at work. Select students also are invited to lunch with the judges after the arguments. It’s an opportunity to learn and connect, especially for students interested in federal court clerkships.

Here, the judges joined members of the Tulane Chapter of the Federal Bar Association:
Shaun Abreu, Clerc Cooper (both L ’18), Sarah Smith-Clevenger (L ’17), Benjamin de Seingalt (L ’19), Tex Steinfeldt (L ’18), Judges Jacques L. Wiener Jr. (L ’61), James L. Dennis and Catharina Haynes, Michelle Sloss (L ’19), Jay Jensen, Claris Smith (both L ’18) and Laura Sunday (L ’19).