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Public Interest Law Fund


The Public Interest Law Fund was established by the student members of the Dickinson Public Interest Law Fund in 1990. The annual student fundraising efforts of PILF underwrite each fellowship. The objective of the Degenstein Foundation/Cherie M. Millage Fellowships is to enable non- transferring first, second, and non-graduating third year students at Penn State Law to work in non- paying, public interest jobs for the summer. This includes non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, some government agencies, and private firms engaged in public interest practice.

President: David Reimel
Vice President: Vanessa Miller
Fellowship Chair: Robert Gross
Fundraising & Service Chair: Meredith Bestland
Merchandise Chair: Richardson Jean
Auction Co-Chairs: Mackenzie Koppenhofer and Julian Ammerman

Please visit the official Penn State Law PILF website

Recent Events

Public Interest Career Panel
Public Interest Law Fund 2016 Fellowship​

Major Activities

PILF works year-long to fundraise for the fellowships and raise awareness of pro bono opportunities for students. Amongst PILF's most significant fundraisers are our annual Spring Auction event, which includes both a silent auction and live auction portion, and exam basket sales that provide students with treats and study aids in preparation for finals. Messages regularly go out to the entire student body offering pro bono work designed for student participation including the annual event "Wills for Heroes," executed in collaboration with the Centre County Bar Association.