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 2017 Public Interest Auction will take place on Friday evening, March 31, 2017 at Villanova Law School, and marks the 20th 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

2015-2016 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 2017 PIFP AUCTION
will be held on March 31, 2017

The 2016 Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program

The 2016 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. See the Recipients tab for a list of this year's Fellows and their positions.

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 in 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 Walter A. Lucas '88 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

 

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

The 2016 Deans' Cup at Temple University

The Philadelphia Deans’ Cup is an annual charity basketball tournament designed to raise funds for the public interest organizations of participating schools. The 2016 tournament featured Drexel Law, Penn Law, Temple Law and Villanova Law.

This year's Dean's Cup was held at Temple's McGonigle Hall on Friday, April 15th. Doors opened at 6:30 PM with the tip-off at 6:45 PM.

Villanova won the inaugural Dean's Cup game in 2011, Temple was victorious in 2012, and Villanova took the Cup in 2013, 2014 & 2015. In the 2016 tournament, Villanova beat Drexel and advanced to round two but Temple took this year’s cup in the final round. Come cheer us on next year as we bring the cup back home!

Villanova Deans' Cup Fans 2016

Meeting Dates

First 2015 -2016 PIFP Meeting

 

Upcoming Events:

TBA

 

 

 

Past Events

PIFP TALENT SHOW

Talent Show


Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7 PM
Ardmore Music Hall 

 

 

 

 

Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo Public Interest 5K Run 2015
PIFP 5K October 2015

Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo Public Interest 5K Run/Walk

October 3, 2015
10 AM 
Villanova Law School
 
 

 

 

2016 PIFP Summer Fellows

  • Alexa Arndt - The Homeless Advocacy Project (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Omeed Firouzi - Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Nikkita Gottling - Veterans Law Clinic (Widener Law School, Wilmington, DE)
  • Jennifer Healey - Human Rights First, Refugee Representation Unit (New York, NY)
  • Meghan Micciolo - United States Department of Justice, Environmental Defense Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division (Washington, DC)
  • Richard Prebil - The Homeless Advocacy Project (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Pamela Putnam (Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo Fellow) - Pennsylvania Health Law Project (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Adison Richards - Northwest Justice Project (Olympia, WA)
  • Emily Schrank - Pennsylvania Innocence Project (Philadelphia, PA)

2017 PIFP
Fellowship Application

Will be posted in Spring 2017

Auction Items

If you have an item you would like to donate please complete the donation form below. Questions? Contact pifp@law.villanova.edu.

Monetary Donations

We appreciate donations in any amount. Donations can be made online. After entering the donation amount, please select the "Walter A. Lucas '88 Public Interest Fellowship Program" as your "Other Designation."

Please consider sponsoring a fellow for

  • an hour ($11.25) 
  • a day ($90)
  • a week ($450)
  • a month ($1800)
  • or an entire summer ($4500).

 

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

 

The deadline for the 2015 LRAP application has passed.  Please check back in Fall 2016 for the 2016 LRAP application.