UDM Law hosts 9th Annual Voice for Justice Auction

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The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted its 9th Annual Voice for Justice Auction on Saturday, April 9, at the Detroit Yacht Club. The theme for this year’s auction was “An Evening in Paris,” complete with live and silent auctions, libations, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and live music entertainment.

Items up for auction included everything from gift baskets, event tickets, and jewelry to getaways like a trip for two to Paris. Attendees had the opportunity to silently bid on more than 200 items, including gift certificates for French restaurants, French wines and champagnes, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, electronics, event tickets, and social events sponsored by the faculty. French themed vacation packages for bid included a weekend trip to the Paris Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, a two night stay at the Le Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, and trips as near as French Lick, Ind. or as far away as Quebec, Canada. 

Proceeds from the Voice for Justice Auction go to fund the UDM Law Voice for Justice Public Interest Fellowship Program, which provides summer fellowship opportunities in the public interest sector, enabling students to fulfill their call to serve and work toward the public good of the community. Students selected to receive the 2011 fellowships will spend approximately eight weeks as a summer intern for non-profit organizations, serving or advocating for the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized or underrepresented of society.  

Since its inception in 2002, the Voice for Justice Auction has helped fund more than 60 fellowship opportunities for UDM Law students. The proceeds raised from the auction help pay the stipends of students who desire to give their services full-time over the summer to a number of nonprofit organizations. The vast majority of student fellowship placements remain in the Detroit Metro region.

Photos by John Meiu