On Tuesday, March 19, the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and the American Constitution Society (ACS) held the 17th Annual PILF Auction, which consisted of both a silent and live component.
During the live event, jubilant emcee Professor Timothy Casey auctioned off such items as authentic Texas BBQ (shipped all the way from Austin!), front row Padres tickets, chauffeur service in a vintage Rolls Royce limousine, and even surf lessons with Professor Casey himself.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner also stopped by to update students, faculty, and staff on his goals for the city and to tell the audience about some of the events in his young life that inspired him to become a public servant. Filner explained how meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an adolescent influenced his decision to become a community organizer and Civil Rights advocate in the early 1960s. At age 18, Filner joined the “Freedom Riders” and traveled to Jackson, Miss. to protest the segregation of bus lines and bus stations in the South. When he arrived in Mississippi, he was arrested and jailed for two months. In the YouTube clip below, Filner discusses how his participation in the Civil Rights Movement changed his life.
Proceeds from the auction support PILF in promoting pro bono work through education, volunteer opportunities, and scholarships.