“All bids on deck” at the 2014 Public Interest Auction

A $400 shopping spree. A Silicon Valley tour of Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook. Dinner and “Dungeons and Dragons.” A limited edition Ruth Bader Ginsburg T-shirt. Doubles tennis with two Harvard Law professors. A personal voicemail greeting. These were just a few of the items auctioned during “All Bids on Deck,” the 20th annual Public Interest Auction held at Harvard Law School, on April 2.

Professors Jonathan Zittrain ‘95 and Jeannie Suk ’02 served as auctioneers for this year’s auction, and sent lucky bidders home with fantastic prizes. The auction offered everything from live performances to rare collectibles to outings with faculty members.

“We are thrilled with this year’s Public Interest Auction,” said Isabel Broer, who helped organize this year’s event.” A record number of 1Ls volunteered in the weeks before the event, and there was tremendous support from community partners and law firms, families, alumni, student groups, and professors. We all had a blast — from the moment the Parody Band kicked off the silent auction to Professor Zittrain’s and Professor Suk’s last jokes as auctioneers! We are grateful that the Harvard Law School community came together in support of students’ public interest work.”

Since 1994, the auction has helped support Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) at Harvard Law School, providing opportunities for students to begin their careers working in public interest. Last summer, 467 Harvard Law students received public interest funding totaling more than $2 million. Over 50 of these students worked internationally in 32 countries.