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UBSPI is an organization at the University of Baltimore School of Law dedicated to benefiting public interest law in Baltimore and throughout the State of Maryland. UBSPI, as the School of Law's primary group for public interest law, aims to inform students about the breadth of public interest law and to offer students the opportunity to experience public interest law first-hand. For more than a decade, UBSPI has assisted law students pursue a career helping the less fortunate and underprivileged obtain equal representation in the justice system. Each year, UBSPI hosts a Goods and Services Auction in Baltimore, Maryland. The proceeds from the auction fund grants for University of Baltimore School of Law students interested in spending the summer working in public interest law. Previous grants have allowed students to work for such organizations as Legal Aid, House of Ruth, Advancement Project, HERO, Public Justice Center, and the Homeless Persons Representation Project. UBSPI recognizes the growing need for legal services for the underrepresented. There are a declining number of public interest lawyers, which makes UBSPI’s long-standing mission to promote and facilitate the involvement of law students working in public interest law even more urgent. Our Annual Goods & Services Auction strengthens the connection of University of Baltimore’s School of Law within the extended legal community. With the weakening economy, decreases in legal aid services, and dramatic increases in the cost of a legal education, fewer and fewer law students and graduates have been able to fill this growing need for legal services. Our Annual Goods and Services Auction is a pivotal part of providing a stipend to law students that wish to work in areas of public interest. UBSPI seeks to encourage public service and public interest by providing grants that will pay for internships with public interest organizations or public services. By providing a stipend to law students, we facilitate the involvement of law students working in public interest law. These students will be able to contribute their talents to organizations that could not otherwise afford to hire them for the summer. In addition to the Annual Goods and Services Auction and the grants that it funds UBSPI hosts public interest career networking events like the Annual Public Interest Wine and Cheese to connect law students with practicing Public Interest Law Attorneys and promotes volunteer opportunities for UB students to get involved in the community throughout the school year. Please join UBSPI if you are interested in public interest law and would like to get connected with opportunities to get connected with public interest in and around Baltimore!

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Our Team

David Jaros
Primary Advisor
Michele Gilman
Secondary Advisor
Amber Williams
3L Representative
Corrine Ellis
Treasurer
Lauren Waldt
President
Payton Aldridge
Secretary
Katelyn Kirk
3L Representative
Ryan Frace
Vice President
Harrison Scherr
3L Representative
Radhika Patel
2L Representative
Cooper Gerus
2L Representative
Kayla Williams
Public Relations Chair
Jordan Black-Mathews
2L Representative

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Students for Public Interest

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
United States