Public Interest Fellowship Program

The PIFP Board extends a heartfelt "THANK YOU" to  Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo for their continued, generous sponsorhip of the Public Interest 5K Walk/Run on October 21, 2017!

 

Overview

 

The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) at Villanova University Charles Widger 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 21st Annual Public Interest Auction will take place on Friday evening, March 23, 2018 at Villanova Law School, and marked 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! 

 

2017 - 2018 PIFP Board

Co-Directors Nikkita Gottling
Alexa Arndt
Treasurer Lydia Ellsworth
Secretary Nicole Sardella
Fellowship Coordinator Pam Putnam
Auction Coordinators Shannon Beam
Molly Ann Krebs
Zoey Lee
Volunteer Coordinators Jessica Oestreicher
Alumni & Development Sarah Baranik de Alarcon
Special Events Coordinators Zac Barnett & Stephanie Mersch
Publicity and Technology Omeed Firouzi

THE 2018 PIFP AUCTION
will be held on March 23, 2018!

The 2016 Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program

The 2017 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" with "PIFP" in the memo line to:

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

 

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

The 2017 Deans' Cup at Drexel University

The Philadelphia Deans’ Cup is an annual charity basketball tournament designed to raise funds for the public interest organizations of participating schools. The 2017 tournament featured Drexel Law, Penn Law, Temple Law and Villanova Law.

This year's Dean's Cup was held at Drexel's Daskalakis Athletic Center on April 6, 2017. 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. Temple won the Dean's Cup in 2016 and again in 2017. Villanova Law's Dean Mark Alexander won the Deans' free-throw toss competition.

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Meeting Dates

First 2015 -2016 PIFP Meeting

Upcoming Events

 

The 21st Annual Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Walter A. Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction

Save the Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

 

 

Past Events

PIFP 2017 5K Run

A huge "Thank You" goes out to Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo for their continued, generous sponsorhip of the Public Interest 5K!

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law - October 21, 2017

Current students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members joined together on a 5K Race/Fun-Run through Villanova's campus. All proceeds from the run will be applied to 2018 PIFP Summer Fellowships. The Walter A. Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program at Villanova Law School provides funding for law students working in unpaid public interest positions during the summer.

Good Grief! A Very Charlie Brown Trivia Night

Flip & Bailey's - November 17, 2016

All proceeds went to the Public Interest Fellowship Program. 

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

Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo Public Interest 5 K

November 5, 2016 - Villanova Law Front Lawn 
9 AM

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
 
 

 

 

2017 PIFP Summer Fellows

  • Sarah Baranik de Alarcon '19 - Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo Fellow, HIAS Pennsylvania

  • Zac Barnett '19 - Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection

  • Lydia Ellsworth '19 - Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Consumer Housing Unit

  • Molly Krebs '19 National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

  • Kaitlyn Macaulay '18 - Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

  • Stephanie Mersch '19 - New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety

  • Waqar Rehman '19- Community Legal Services (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Nicole Sardella '19 - Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights (Philadelphia, PA)

2017 LRAP Application

Due December 4, 2017

Check back for the 2018 PIFP
Fellowship Application

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