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Four students from the University of La Verne College of Law will be putting their law school educations to work this summer on important issues that affect society.

Noelia Barajas, Amanda Dearmin, Marcella Lucente, and Amir Zahedi all received grants that will assist them while they work at public interest law firms. Such jobs typically are unpaid, so the grants help pay for transportation and other costs.

“The whole concept behind it is to help fund students with summer positions in public interest law,” said Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Career Services August Farnsworth. “It brings awareness and helps fund these summer grants.”

The awards totaling about $6,000 were made at the 4th annual La Verne Law PILF Silent Auction and Reception on April 20. The event is sponsored by the Public Interest Law Foundation and the Criminal Law Society. Dean Philip A Hawkey and Professor Diane K. Uchimiya, Director of the Justice and Immigration Clinic, announced the winners.

About 50 people raised about $3,000 by bidding on everything from bungee jumping to a ukulele. Attendees also bought raffle tickets for movie theater gift cards and other items. Auction items were donated by faculty members, administrators, alumni and local businesses.

Entertainment included a magic show from Daniel Escalante, 14, son of Law School Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Stephanie Stovall. He donated all proceeds from the magic show to PILF.

“It was definitely successful,” Farnsworth said. “People enjoyed coming out and it was a good study break for students to take time to mix with each other and donate to a good cause.”

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