2010 Auction & Award Ceremony

PILF’s 7th Annual Gala Auction & Award Ceremony, November 12th, 2010 @ USF School of Law


Arguably one of USF School of Law’s most notable events, the 7th Annual Gala Auction & Award Ceremony will bring together students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the legal community to honor President and founder of the Equal Justice Society, Eva Paterson, and to support law students who seek summer positions at organizations focused on addressing gaps in our justice system.

This year will feature a silent auction, a live auction conducted by alumnus Rich Pio Roda, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and entertainment. Previous PILF Gala Auction and Award Ceremonies have auctioned off vacation packages, spa retreats, cruise tickets, sporting memorabilia, fine jewelry, and an array of services donated by local and national businesses, the USF Law community, and local law firms.

Last year’s Auction raised over $50,000. Together with matching funds contributed by the School of Law and money raised through the Donate-a-Day Summer Pledge Program, PILF was able to fund 27 students working in unpaid, full-time public interest positions in the summer 2010.

The 2010 USF PILF Gala Auction & Award Ceremony will be held at Kendrick Hall on the School of Law campus on Friday, November 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information or to donate items for the auction: please contact chairs@usfpilf.org and continue to check our website for more details as they come!

USF and PILF Honor President and founder of the Equal Justice Society EVA PATERSON.

Described by The SF Chronicle as “The civil-rights leader of the Bay Area” and by

writer Paul Rockwell as “one of California’s most brilliant lawyers,” this year’s Honoree, Eva Paterson, will be awarded with the USF PILF Award for Public Interest, traditionally given to an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to the struggle for equality, peace and justice. Ms. Paterson has campaigned for civil rights for more than three decades. She is the President and a founder of the Equal Justice Society, a national organization dedicated to changing the law through progressive legal theory, public policy and practice. She worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights for twenty-six years, thirteen of them as Executive Director. Ms. Paterson co-founded and chaired the California Coalition for Civil Rights for 18 years, and was a leading spokesperson in the campaigns against Proposition 187 (anti-immigrant) and Proposition 209 (anti-affirmative action) and numerous other statewide campaigns against the death penalty, juvenile incarceration and discrimination against lesbians and gay men. Ms. Paterson also served as Vice President of the ACLU National Board for eight years and chaired the boards of Equal Rights Advocates and the SF Bar Association.

Paterson has served as an adjunct professor at the USF School of Law and at Hastings. She grew up in a military family in France, England, and southern Illinois. She was the first African American president of student government at Northwestern where she completed her undergraduate studies. She is a graduate U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.

Past USF PILF Award for Public Interest Excellence recipients include Mayor Gavin Newsom; Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, Supreme Court of California; and Shannon Minter, National Center for Lesbian Rights & Therese Stewart, San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney.’


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