Public Justice Foundation Auction

Mark your calendars!
25th Annual Public Justice Foundation Auction
March 6, 2014

Online registration is closed for this event. Checks and cash will be accepted at the door. Credit card purchases will be accepted up to 5 p.m. by calling 516-463-6340.

Silent Auction 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Reception 5:30-7 p.m.
Live Auction 7-9:30 p.m.

On March 6, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law will be holding its annual In Honor of Justice Reception and Public Justice Foundation (PJF) Auction to raise funds in support of summer fellowships for students pursuing non-paid internships in government and nonprofit agencies.

This year Hofstra Law is honoring alumni members of the New York State Assembly:

  • Assemblyman Andrew R. Garbarino '09, District 7
  • Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci '04, District 10 
  • Assemblyman Tom McKevitt '96, District 17 
  • Assemblyman Steven Otis '85, District 91 
  • Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda '91, District 87
  • Assemblyman David Weprin '80, District 24 

Past live auction items have included tickets to a Yankees game, a taping of Saturday Night Live, VIP tickets to Live! with Kelly and Michael, and various tickets to concerts and Broadway shows.

The Foundation very much welcomes monetary donations. Please help us ensure that Hofstra Law students can continue to contribute to the pursuit of public justice by making a monetary donation. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Your Gift in Action

Shany Kirshner '14, Nassau County Attorney’s Office, Child Support Unit
During my summer internship, I got to appear in court under the supervision of an attorney for various aspects of child support proceedings, such as entering orders, modifications and contempt proceedings. I conferenced and prepared clients for trial and got to conduct opening statements and direct examinations. I truly enjoyed interning with this unit where communication was restored and the children’s best interests were prioritized. This summer internship affirmed my passion for family law.

Gabriela Gomez '14, Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc., El Paso, Texas
Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc. is a nonprofit legal aid clinic providing free and low-cost legal services to the indigent and low-income members of the El Paso border community in need of assistance immigrating to the United States. My duties included assisting with legal representation in family-based immigration, including petitions for family-sponsored immigrant visas and adjustment of status and representation of battered immigrant spouses and children; providing representation and preparation for each step of the naturalization process; and representation before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal court system for individuals who find themselves facing removal or deportation from the United States.

Alexandria Morrell '14, The Legal Aid Society: Queens Criminal Defense Practice
With the gracious funding from PJF, I was able to spend my summer working full time for The Legal Aid Society: Queens Criminal Defense Practice, a local public defenders’ office. I was able to help provide zealous representation for indigent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies. Specifically, I interviewed clients, made bail applications at arraignments, went on the record for desk appearance tickets, performed legal research, and drafted legal documents.


The Public Justice Foundation is Hofstra Law’s public interest law student organization. The objectives of foundation are twofold: first, to raise awareness about public sector law practice by facilitating student employment in the area and, second, to expose the Law School community to important legal issues through debate and discussion.

The Public Justice Foundation holds various fundraisers, including an annual goods and services auction. The auction is our principal fundraiser, with 100 percent of the money raised going to support summer fellowships for Hofstra Law students. These fellowships enable recipients to take non-paying jobs in the public sector that they otherwise would be unable to accept due to financial constraints. In furtherance of our second objective, the Public Justice Foundation has sponsored debates on prisoners’ rights, the policy and constitutionality of “hate crimes” legislation, the Clarence Thomas nomination and “Clintonomics.”

Fellowship recipients have worked at some of the following places: Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, South Brooklyn Legal Services, New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Assistance Corp. of Massachusetts (Family and Child Department), Domestic Violence Coalition, Public Defenders Office and many, many more.