HOPE Public Resource Center Holds Online Auction

Annual online auction begins October 3.

(September 27, 2011) — Proceeds will go to HOPE 2012 Summer Fellows Program

The University of Miami School of Law’s Helping Others through Pro Bono Efforts (HOPE) Public Interest Resource Center’s 13th annual online auction opens October 3, with an auction reception to be held on October 27. The auction is the organization’s primary fundraising annual event, providing a critical source of funding for the HOPE Fellows Program. Through the generosity of donors and community partners, this past summer HOPE was able to support 20 students who dedicated themselves to change, empowerment, and justice by partnering with lawyers worldwide working tirelessly on behalf of children, immigrants, the homeless, refugees, and victims of domestic violence.

At UM School of Law, the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center has grown from a small community service project, started in 1998, to the home of over 25 advocacy initiatives promoting access to justice. One of the most distinguished programs is the HOPE Fellowship Program, which sends exceptionally dedicated and innovative students to work in the public sector.  "HOPE fellowships enable students to make the choice to engage in critically needed public interest work by funding their efforts each summer," said Marni Lennon, Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono and Acting Dean of Students who also serves as director of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center. Just last summer HOPE Fellows worked in Florida, Illinois, Washington D.C., Georgia, Wisconsin, Namibia, and Colombia to make a difference in the lives of individuals who are unable to fully advocate for themselves. The financial support provided through the fellowship program allows many students the flexibility and courage to venture out and develop new and unique opportunities for not only themselves but fellow students who will follow their lead.

The online auction will open at www.biddingforgood.com/hopeauction on October 3 at 11 a.m., and run through October 23 at 11:59 p.m. The auction will culminate with a reception at the UM Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, on Friday, Ocotber 27, with silent and live auctions starting at p.m.  HOPE will also recognize School of Law 1973 alumnus H.T. Smith with the first HOPE Distinguished Leader in Public Service Award for his exceptional commitment to public interest and pro bono work. For more than 25 years, Smith has been one of Miami's leading trial attorneys. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Miami's Board of Trustees.

General admission is $25 and students, faculty and UM staffs are admitted free with a valid ‘Cane Card.

For more information or to donate items, call 305-284-2599 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information, visit www.law.miami.edu/hope.

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