33rd KHLF Auction Set for February 25
The King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) Spring Charity Auction is set for February 25, and excitement is building for one of the most enjoyable-and important-events of the year for the King Hall community. Hopes are high that this year's auction will be another successful example of Law School faculty, friends, alumni, students, and staff coming together in support of public interest law at King Hall.
The event will take place at Freeborn Hall, adjacent to the Memorial Union on the UC Davis Campus, with doors opening at 6:00 pm. There will be silent and live auctions featuring items donated by local businesses, students, faculty, and staff, with proceeds funding public interest law grants and fellowships awarded by KHLF. Tickets are available online prior to the event via the link below.
Among the items set to be auctioned this year are a jersey signed by Superbowl-winning and MVP, Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a VIP tour of the Keller Estate in Petaluma, and lunch for four at the world-famous Chez Panisse with Professors Joslin and McCormack.
The Spring Charity Auction began in 1978 as a modest affair, drawing a small but dedicated group of supporters, and has grown into one of the largest-and by all accounts, one of the most enjoyable-King Hall community events of the year. Last year, more than 500 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the Law School came together to raise funds in support of KHLF and celebrate the achievements of King Hall's public interest law community.
"The auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year for KHLF, but it's also one of one of the biggest events every year for the King Hall community," said Alan Boudreau '09, a former KHLF chair and board member who is now an associate at Schiff Hardin in Chicago. "The auction brings together students, faculty, and alums for the purpose of supporting KHLF and donating to the auction, but it's also just a very enjoyable gathering. I've heard over and over from different people that this event is one of the most fun things they did every year at King Hall."
Professor Dennis Ventry, Jr. agreed. "Events like the auction and the Steve Boutin Golf Tournament help to advertise KHLF, generate interest and raise awareness of the organization, and raise the necessary funds for scholarships and grants for students to take their King Hall education and apply it in a way that very directly serves the public," said Ventry. "It doesn't hurt that they're also a heck of a lot of fun. We get alumni coming from Sacramento, the East Bay, San Francisco, all over; it's always enjoyable to catch up with people you haven't seen in a while, see what's been donated, bid on a bunch of things, and, as guest auctioneer, get folks to open their wallets a little wider with some humor and good-natured encouragement."
Each year, King Hall faculty and alumni contribute items for the auction ranging from opportunities to dine with faculty in their homes or favorite restaurants to rafting trips and tickets to the Boutin tournament. The money raised through the auction funds grants that enable students interested in public interest law to work for legal services organizations, providing much needed help to underserved populations. In many cases, students could not afford to work in these positions without KHLF support.
"I think the commitment to public service has always been a defining feature of the King Hall community," said Boudreau, whose practice includes a significant component of pro bono work. "The Charity Auction is an occasion for the community to come together, show their support for public interest law students, and have a great time doing it."
The King Hall Legal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the access of underserved populations to the American legal system through the funding of projects proposed by King Hall students and support for students pursuing careers in the public interest law, funding Summer Public Interest Grants, Bar Fellowships, and grants. In past years, recipients of KHLF funds have engaged in projects at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Georgia Capital Defender Project, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Donation and sponsorship opportunities still exist for this year's auction. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit the KHLF website.