How We Work

  • SPILF impacts public interest initiatives at SLS in two main ways.
  • First, we fund student-led, service-oriented groups who organize clinics and trips to provide legal services to specific communities and constituents, as well as individual student projects in the public interest realm. SPILF has provided funding to public interest causes for over 25 years. (Click here to learn more.) 
  • Second, we provide bar study grants to graduating public interest students, to mitigate the substantial costs of bar study and registration for those without a private sector salary.
  • Supporting these initiatives requires significant financial resources. SPILF gives tens of thousands of dollars to support public interest initiatives every year, yet demand for resources always exceeds our supply. We depend on donors like you to help us grow the public interest community.
  • SPILF’s two sources of income are direct monetary donations from firms and individual donors, and revenue from our annual Bid for Justice Auction. Revenue from the Auction comes in the form of bids on donated items. Firms and businesses can donate anything from tickets to a sporting event or concert, to high-value electronics, to a weekend travel package. To learn how to donate Auction items, please click on the “Support SPILF” tab above, and click “2021 Auction” to learn more about this year’s event.
  • Firms and businesses also have the option to give at one of our pre-arranged sponsorship levels. Sponsorship provides significant exposure at the Auction, which will be held virtually this year via an online bidding platform.
  • This year’s Auction will take place on April 22nd, 2022. We hope you’ll join us – from the comfort of home!

Sponsorship Tiers

Bronze ($500+): Firm listed on the “Sponsors” page of the Auction bidding website and the Auction program.

Silver ($1,000+): Firm thanked by name during the live event. (Also includes Bronze level recognition.)

Gold ($2,000+): Firm gets to “name” a table at the Auction. (Also includes Bronze and Silver level recognition.)

Platinum ($4,000+): Firm gets five tickets for guests of its choosing to sit at a table at the Auction. (Also includes Bronze, Silver, and Gold level recognition.)

Diamond ($6,000+): Firm gets to “name” the cocktail hour. (Also includes Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum level recognition.)