- An unconventional auction will be held this week by University
of California, Berkeley, law school students, with bids
for items including a sing-a-long with feminist law scholars,
haiku poems written by a lecturer, and an afternoon at the
racetrack with a former dean.
annual Berkeley Law Foundation Auction, scheduled for Friday,
Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. at UC Berkeley's Pauley Ballroom, will
raise funds for underrepresented minority students interested
in pursuing public interest work at the law school.
auction - which has become more popular, and quirkier, since
it began five years ago - is expected to draw 800 people.
Two years ago, it drew 200 people.
student members of the Berkeley Law Foundation consider
it crucial that we find creative ways to attract a diverse
student body to Boalt Hall and produce lawyers who will
serve all of California's communities," said Helen Lennon,
a third year law student at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt
Hall), co-chair of the event, and a volunteer at the Berkeley
foundation was established in 1976 as the nation's first
student-run public interest organization. It funds innovative
public interest projects and, through grants and fellowships,
has helped support projects addressing such issues as affordable
housing, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, the
environment, education, death penalty appeals and immigration
the years, the auction not only has drawn increasingly larger
crowds, but also more professors and students in glittery,
flamboyant attire; more offers of unusual gifts and services
to the highest bidder; and more aggressive bidding - all
in the name of a worthy cause.
year, two law students donned feathered boas, sequins, and
body glitter, and served as emcees of the event, taking
bids for one-of-a-kind items including a tour of infamous
Bay Area crime scenes with a Boalt Hall legal scholar.
to Boalt Hall law professors, the auction also attracts
donations from law school staff members and students, local
businesses, and alumni. According to Lennon, many of the
bidders will be law students seeking uncommon experiences
with legal luminaries.
Friday's event begins at 8 p.m. with a silent auction, followed
by a dance and, at 11 p.m., a live auction. These events
will be held in the Pauley Ballroom of the Martin Luther
King Jr. Student Union at UC Berkeley.
will go to the Berkeley Law Foundation's Phoenix Fellowship,
designed to encourage underrepresented minority students
to apply to Boalt Hall and pursue public interest work.
The fellowship program is funded entirely by the auction.
hope to raise at least $45,000 from this event, every single
dollar of which will go directly to students of color to
provide urgent legal assistance to underrepresented individuals
in our community," said Lennon.
to be auctioned on Friday include:
with Judge William Fletcher, a former Boalt Hall professor
and current member of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
original U.S. Supreme Court brief from the landmark case,
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, signed
by Boalt Hall professor Paul Mishkin, who served as special
counsel to the Regents and defended the constitutionality
of affirmative action policies in 1978.
and margaritas prepared by Pamela Samuelson, who is Boalt
Hall's cyberlaw expert and a MacArthur Fellow "genius."
* A sing-a-long
with leading feminist scholars, professor Angela Harris
and lecturer Nancy Lemon.
series of haiku verses composed in honor of the highest
bidder. Stephen Rosenbaum, a Boalt Hall lecturer and expert
in public interest law, will compose the verses and recite
them during a public reading in April, National Poetry Month.
with Boalt Hall lecturer Ephraim Margolin, a nationally
renowned criminal defense attorney who has represented such
clients as John Gotti and Lyle Menendez.
afternoon at the race track with Jesse Choper, a former
Boalt Hall dean who is an expert on constitutional law and
CD-ROMs on effectively taking and defending depositions
provided by Boalt Hall professor Henry Hecht, a former Watergate