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UBSPI is an organization at the University of Baltimore School of Law dedicated to promoting public interest law in Baltimore and throughout the State of Maryland. UBSPI, as the School of Law's dedicated 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 with pursuing careers in helping the less fortunate and underprivileged obtain equal representation in the justice system. Each Spring, UBSPI hosts an auction and gala at the law school. The proceeds from the auction fund grants for UB 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, Office of the Public Defender, 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 Gala & Auction strengthens the connection of University of Baltimore’s School of Law within the extended legal community. Decreases in legal aid services plus dramatic increases in the cost of a legal education have made it more challenging for law school graduates to feel confident in choosing a career in public interest law. Our Annual Gala & 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 hosting our annual fundraiser, UBSPI hosts public interest career networking events. One such event is the Annual Public Interest Wine and Cheese, which connects law students with practicing Public Interest Law Attorneys and various organizations to learn more about how one can have a successful career in public interest law. 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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1. Networking opportunities with current public interest lawyers and agencies 2. Information about various grant opportunities for public interest internships 3. Up to date information regarding student loan repayment options for public interest lawyers

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Our Team

David Jaros
Primary Advisor
Eliza McDermott
1L Representative
Jason Keller
Secondary Advisor
Corrine Ellis
Treasurer
Tiana Boardman
Evening Student Representative
Joseph Foley
1L Representative
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
Jordan Black-Mathews
2L Representative

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Students for Public Interest

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