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The PILA 2017 Gala is now SOLD OUT.

Thank you to all who have purchased tickets.  Donations can still be made HERE. Thank you again for your continued support of PILA, student fellowships, and CUNY Law.


PILA Gala 2017


Friday, April 7, 2017
6:30pm - 10:30pm

Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway 
new york, NY 10002


What is PILA?             

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is a student-run organization that throws an annual fundraising gala to provide summer fellowships to our law students. These fellowships allow our students to pursue summer public interest legal internships, which are typically unpaid.

Each year, PILA's gala honors individuals whose legal career demonstrates a steadfast dedication and commitment to the public interest legal field.  For PILA's 24th Annual Gala, we are pleased to honor Seymour James of Legal Aid Society and Geoffrey Bickford of the New York City Criminal Court. 

Seymour James is the attorney-in-chief of Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit legal services organization.  In overseeing a staff of 1,100 lawyers and over 700 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support staff, James plays an extraordinary and consequential role in ensuring that underrepresented and poor New Yorkers receive the highest level of legal representation and equal justice.

Geoffrey Bickford is a 2008 CUNY School of Law alum.  He is a court attorney for New York Supreme Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum.  Prior to this role, Bickford worked at Legal Aid Society as a public defender. 

Please join us in celebrating these two remarkable public interest lawyers by purchasing a ticket to our PILA Gala.  By purchasing a ticket, you will directly contribute to the funding of our law students' summer fellowships. 

Thank you for your support.

Donation without a ticket purchase

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation in celebration of the event, click here.

Thank you for your continued support of PILA!

This event is open to all CUNY Students, alumni and guests. The CUNY School of Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For federal income tax purposes, you can deduct as a charitable contribution the price of your ticket(s) less the fair market value. We estimate the fair market value of each ticket to be $31.45. A portion of all donations may be used to fund further advancement efforts on behalf of CUNY School of Law.

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