Public Interest Fellowship Program

Overview

The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) at Villanova University School of Law provides financial support to students who commit their summers to public service legal work.  Many law students, dedicated to helping the less fortunate, are limited by financial constraints.  Similarly, public interest legal organizations often cannot afford to hire much needed summer interns.  Through fundraising, PIFP, an entirely student-run organization, provides summer fellowships to Villanova Law students, who in turn aid the larger community by working with various public interest organizations throughout the region, nation and world to deliver volunteer legal services to those in need.

Since its founding in 1998, PIFP has raised over $800,000 through a variety of creative fundraising endeavors and awarded over 170 summer fellowships (each now valued at $4,500).  In addition, 2015 marked the tenth consecutive year that PIFP provided $12,000 to fund its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).  LRAP provides a $12,000 award, paid over three years, to a recent graduate committed to working for a public interest organization or governmental agency.

The highlight of PIFP’s fundraising efforts is its annual spring auction, which in recent years has featured 250 to 300 silent and live auction items donated by individuals and businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia and across the country.  PIFP’s 2016 Public Interest Auction will take place on Friday evening, April 1, 2016 at Villanova Law School, and marks the 19th anniversary of the event.  

Please join PIFP in helping public interest organizations to deliver volunteer legal services to those in need.  Click on the links above to learn more, and thank you for your support of public interest! 

 

 

 

PIFP Board

Co-Directors Steve Bertil
Ian Forster
Development and Alumni Coordinator Natasha Felder
Fellowship Coordinator Brittany Daniels
Publicity and Technology Coordinator Phillip Harrinarine
Secretary Jennifer Healey
Solicitation Coordinators Alayna Brauer
Kelsey Krier
Special Events Coordinators Harini Bupathi
Brooke Razor
Treasurer Katherine Clarke
Volunteer Coordinators Elizabeth Flanagan
Holly Jones

THE 2016 PIFP AUCTION WILL BE HELD ON
April 1, 2016!

The 2015 Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program

The 2015 Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction

Comprised of both silent and live auctions, the event in recent years has featured 250 to 300 items donated by individuals and businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia and across the country including: lunch and golf foursomes with distinguished Villanova Law alumni, vacation stays, tickets to cultural and sporting events, and much more; and all proceeds go toward providing $4,500 fellowships to current students who commit their summers to performing public service legal work.  PIFP also awards one $12,000 fellowship each year to a recent graduate who has committed to working full-time for a public service organization or governmental agency.

Founded in 1998, PIFP is a student-led organization dedicated to supporting student legal work in the public interest sector.  Each year, volunteers work tirelessly to raise money to provide summer fellowships for their fellow students who otherwise would work in unpaid public interest positions.  This work is critically important, not only to the public interest organizations with whom the fellows serve, but especially to the lives of low income individuals, the elderly, abused and neglected children, victims of discrimination, people with disabilities, and other members of our society in need of legal advocates.

Please join PIFP in helping public interest organizations deliver volunteer legal services to those in need throughout the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond!  

Monetary Donations

We appreciate donations is any amount. Please consider sponsoring a fellow for an hour ($11.25), a day ($90), a week ($450), a month ($1800), or an entire summer ($4500).

You can make a monetary donation online by clicking here and designating your gift to the Public Interest Fellowship Program, or by sending a check payable to Villanova University School of Law to:

Villanova University School of Law
Public Interest Fellowship Program
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Auction Items

We are always looking for more items to put in our annual auction.  If you have an item you would like to donate please fill out one of the donation forms below.  If you have any inquiries about what type of item to donate, please contact us at pifp@law.villanova.edu.

VLS Students Compete in the Annual Cozen O'Connor Deans' Cup

The 2015 Deans' Cup at Temple University

The Philadelphia Deans’ Cup is an annual charity basketball game between Temple Law and Villanova Law designed to raise funds for the public interest organizations of both law schools—Temple's Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) and Villanova's Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP).

The 2015 Philadelphia Deans' Cup took place on March 27, 2015 and marked the fifth annual meeting of both schools on the basketball court.  Villanova won the inaugural game in 2011, Temple was victorious in 2012, and Villanova won the first Cozen O'Connor 2013 Philadelphia Dean's Cup.  2014 and 2015 again saw victory for Villanova.  We hope to bring home the cup again in 2016!

The Victorious 2015 Villanova Deans' Cup Team

Upcoming Events:


Past Events:

PIFP 5K November 2014

5 K Race

November 15, 2014
9 AM 
Villanova Law School

PIFP TALENT SHOW

Talent Show


Wednesday, October 15, 2014
8 PM
Ardmore Music Hall 


PIFP Pong

PIFP Pong

March 19, 2014

2015 PIFP Summer Fellows

  • Harini Bupathi - Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Medical-Legal-Community Partnership (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Alayna Brauer - International Justice Mission (Accra, Ghana)
  • Katherine Clarke - U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Elizabeth Flanagan - Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Family Law Unit (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Rebecca Hanna - Montgomery County Public Defender's Office (Norristown, PA)
  • Holly Jones - U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Natural Resources Section (Washington, DC)
  • Kelsey Krier - Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Norman McNeal - Montgomery County Public Defender's Office (Norristown, PA) & Face to Face Legal Clinic (Philadelphia, PA)

Contact PIFP

Villanova University School of Law
Public Interest Fellowship Program
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085

610-519-6163

pifp@law.villanova.edu

 

 

LRAP Application Forms

Employment Verification

Financial Information

The 2015 PIFP Loan Repayment Assistance Program Application will be available in Fall 2015. Please check back.