Special Information for Alumni

Come join us and fellow alumni for the 20th Anniversary Bid for Justice Auction!




As you may have heard, this year we will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Bid for Justice Auction.  Started in 1992, this auction has raised thousands upon thousands of dollars to help make possible Stanford students’ work in public interest summer jobs, fulfill small but urgent financial needs for public interest-oriented student initiatives, fund outside organizations doing amazing and inspiring work, and support SPILF-SLS public interest fellows after graduation.  While the different causes to which SPILF dedicates its time, energy, and funding have changed over the years (e.g. the Levin Center within SLS has taken over summer funding), our commitment to serving as the student voice for public interest at SLS has remained constant.


To celebrate the nearly 35 years since the founding of the organization and the 20 years since the first Bid for Justice Auction, we want to invite alumni back both to recognize you for your leadership and legacy and to show you all where SPILF is headed in the future.


To that end, we are excited to invite you to a number of events on April 14, 2012.



  1. Come join us for a special reception with Dean Larry Kramer and professors on the impressive Neukom Terrace, part of the new Neukom Building.  The event, which will start at 5pm on April 14, 2012, will give you an opportunity to meet and mingle with Dean Kramer, faculty, staff, alumni, and public interest students.  As a special treat, four of recipients of the SLS/SPILF Public Interest Fellowship will be on hand to discuss their experiences.  As for faculty, Barbara Babcock, Robert Weisberg, Larry Marshall, Deborah Rhode, and other professors will be in attendance.
  2. Walk over to the SPILF silent auction at 6pm, where you can find a whole host of interesting items waiting for a bid, from wine to signed first editions of famous novels to art to private dinners with faculty.
  3. After the silent auction, join us at the live auction at 8:30pm, where some of the larger items, such as week-long ski or beach vacations, skydiving, and other fascinating possibilities, await.


Buy a Ticket or Make a Donation


If you would like to donate an item or a monetary gift to the SPILF auction, please click here for more information.  Likewise, if you would like to purchase tickets to the event, please click here.


More Opportunities to Get Involved


Professor Robert Weisberg at a previous SPILF Bid for Justice AuctionIn addition to these events on April 14, we are pleased to announce a new initiative, the SPILF Social History Project.  Using photos and stories, we aim to chronicle the unique space that SPILF has carved out for itself and the ways in which this organization has led the way in making Stanford Law School a place that encourages all of its students to participate in public interest. In order for this project to be a success, we need to hear from you as previous organizers, attendees, board members, etc. Whether you have a story, a photo, or a name of someone you think might be the perfect person to contribute to this project, drop us a line. Click here for more information about the project.