About the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)

  • A student-led organization committed to increasing awareness of the rewards, challenges, opportunities, and needs in public interest law.
  • Over the past three decades, PILF has created and supported programs that enable students to explore and engage in public interest careers
  • These include the law school's Loan Repayment Assistance Program, job shadowing and networking events like the Evening with Equal Justice, and the PILF Summer Grant Program
  • PILF also fundraises through its Fall Pledge Drive and its Annual Auction to support the PILF Summer Grant Program (below).

2024 PILF Fundraiser

Flyer: 31st Annual Public Interest Law Foundation auction and dinner | Tickets open on Jan 8, 2024; Event on Feb 24, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Seattle

For the past 30 years, the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) at Seattle University School of Law has raised funds for summer grants to support law students working in unpaid legal internships with organizations serving marginalized communities. These organizations serve immigrants, domestic violence survivors, and those who lack access to justice. Together with your support, we can continue to raise funds to aid of our aspiring young lawyers and the communities they serve.

Please join us on February 24, 2024 for PILF’s 31st Annual Auction and Dinner: BLOOM at the Grand Hyatt Seattle for a night of high-spirited company, lively auction games, and sought-after prizes! Help PILF achieve our goal in raising funds for 30 grants to support our students this summer.

PILF Summer Grant Program

  • Provides grants to Seattle U Law students to fund unpaid summer jobs at nonprofits or public agencies that provide quality legal services to low-income and marginalized communities
  • Funded through a variety of sources, including student-initiated fundraising, individual donors, and law firm and institutional partners.
  • PILF defines public interest law broadly: it focuses on advocating for marginalized and under-represented individuals, organizations, and communities.
  • Apply for a grant: Seattle U Law students interested in public interest summer jobs, provided those applicants are in good academic standing and intend to stay enrolled.
  • Learn more information about our 2022 Summer PILF Grant Recipients.
  • PILF Summer Grant applications for 2023 will be available on PILF's ConnectSU page in early 2023.

2023-24 Board members


Kristin DiBiase
Associate Dean,
Student Life, Diversity & Inclusion

Sullivan Hall 210E

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A special thank you to our 2024 PILF Auction Sponsors

  • Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala (Presenting Level)
  • Connelly Law Offices (Gold Level)
  • Dean Standing Perkins & Associates (Gold Level)
  • Helsell Fetterman (Silver Level)
  • ACLU Washington (Bronze Level)
  • K&L Gates (Bronze Level)