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Public Interest Law Foundation Annual Benefit

» PILF Annual Benefit

Chapman University's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is dedicated to creating new and innovative opportunities for law students to engage in critically needed public interest work. PILF works to provide summer grants to law students so they can serve in unpaid and volunteer positions in the public interest field.

2020 Benefit

The annual benefit reception is a semi-formal event featuring live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, a beer and wine bar, and both a silent and live auction component. The event is both a fundraiser for PILF and a ceremony honoring those in our community doing public interest legal work.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Kennedy Hall - Chapman University
370 N. Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866

Tickets

  • General admission: $60
  • Chapman Law alumni: $50
  • Current students: $30

If you would like to make an in-kind donation for the auction, please email Courtney Orliss or Juliana Moiola.

Sponsorships

Individuals and businesses can support PILF's mission and receive additional exposure by selecting one of the sponsorship packages below. If you are interested in sponsoring PILF, please reach out via email to Marlyss Maxham.


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+ - Platinum - $5,000

  • 1 reserved table with 10-12 seats
  • Full page acknowledgement in program
  • Logo projected on screen during event
  • Portion of sponsorship may be tax deductible

+ - Gold - $3,500

  • 10 tickets to the benefit
  • Half page acknowledgement in program
  • Logo projected on screen during event
  • Portion of sponsorship may be tax deductible

+ - Silver - $2,500

  • 7 tickets to the benefit
  • Logo projected on screen during event
  • Portion of sponsorship may be tax deductible

+ - Bronze - $1,500

  • 5 tickets to the benefit
  • Logo projected on screen during event
  • Portion of sponsorship may be tax deductible

2020 Honorees

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Jennifer Keller

Katherine Baird Darmer Commitment to Public Interest Award
Jennifer Keller began her career as a public defender and was awarded PLC Attorney of the Year (1996), State Bar of California, Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Service (1998), and the Anti-Defamation League’s Jurisprudence Award (2001). Her firm, Keller Anderle, was honored by the OCBA Charitable Fund for their work supporting legal services to the poor in Orange County. Ms. Keller is a leader in the community, is one of the most successful trial attorneys in America. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of high-stakes commercial litigation and white collar cases and runs one of the most successful women-owned law firms in Southern California.
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Joanna Wong

PILF Award for Excellence in Public Interest
As the lead staff attorney for the Family Law Unit at Public Law Center, Joanna Wong provides direct legal services to low-income clients; runs the Unit’s four legal clinics; and oversees all work performed by the Unit on divorce, paternity, custody, restraining order, support, and guardianship matters. After completing her undergraduate degree at UCLA, Ms. Wong studied law at Chapman University, where she received a number of awards for her work at the Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Violence Clinic. Later, she received certification as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate through WTLC. Prior to joining Public Law Center, Ms. Wong worked in private practice and at Legal Aid Society of Orange County, where she trained, supervised, and created policies and instruction manuals for the volunteers who staffed the office’s intake department each semester.