Public Interest Law Foundation

The University of Wisconsin Law School’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a student run organization committed to supporting law students who want to work in public interest law. Students in PILF work together to organize community events, fund raisers, and social activities. To receive e-mails about PILF’s activities, meetings and how to get involved, please e-mail Caitlin Fish at with your full name and e-mail address to be added to the listserv.

Every year PILF offers summer grants to public interest law students working over the summer with traditionally underrepresented members of society. Money for summer grants is raised through several different events, in particular Race Judicata and the Jackie Macaulay Auction. Race Judicata is an annual 5k run organized by the students to educate the community about public service and bring in money for summer fellowships. Every year law students, faculty, and community members participate. The Jackie Macaulay Auction is an annual silent and live auction is sponsored by the Public Interest Law Foundation and the Women’s Law Student Association at University of Wisconsin Law School. Proceeds from the auction support UW-Madison law students pursuing legal opportunities in a variety of unpaid or low-paid areas.

In addition to PILF there are a number of student organizations that bring students together to work on a variety of public interest issues. Some of these groups include the Children’s Justice Project, the Environmental Law Society, the National Lawyers Guild, the Immigration Law Students Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Constitution Society, and many more. See individual organizations’ sites for further information.