Feb. 26 gala will provide funding for summer pro bono service by law students

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Feb 9, 2016

APIL 2015 Gala.
APIL 2015 Gala.
Summer interns with the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.
Summer interns with the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.

An organization of William S. Richardson School of Law students dedicated to serving those who cannot afford legal help is sponsoring its 6th Annual Fundraising Gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Laniakea YWCA at 1040 Richards Street.

Proceeds from the Gala sponsored by Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) will go to providing summer grants for law students doing pro bono work for non-profit public interest law firms and agencies serving traditionally underserved groups.

Since its founding in 1985, APIL has awarded 142 summer grants to law students doing free legal work. These students have provided more than 40,000 free “billable hours” to 30 non-profit organizations that directly assist a wide variety of people in need, including immigrants, homeless individuals and families, and victims of elder abuse, domestic violence and sex trafficking.

“APIL takes pride in our continued legacy of supporting those in advocacy and public interest work, and the APIL Gala is a great opportunity for the legal community to come together to back this important mission,” said Mykie Ozoa ’17, one of the event coordinators. “These summer grants make it possible for students to gauge the needs of our community and to determine where we, the next generation of lawyers with a passion for social justice, can make the most impact. As a 2015 grantee, I am truly grateful to APIL, the public interest legal community, and all of our gracious donors.” 

Said Richardson Law School Dean Avi Soifer, “Year after year, some of our most exceptional students serve as the leaders of APIL, and their hard work and the generosity of our community leads directly to legal assistance to some people who most need it.”

The 2016 student grantees will be recognized at the Gala.  In adddition, there will be award presentations to a number of firms, organizations and individuals to honor their work promoting advocacy and increasing access to justice for Hawai'i’s marginalized populations.

Tickets are $25 for students, and $35 for the general public. Children 8 and younger are free. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.apilgala.ticketleap.com/2016.

Tickets may be picked up at the door, but will also be available at the door on a walk-in basis. There is metered parking behind ‘Iolani Place, and parking is also available in Ali‘i Place at 1099 Alakea Street.

Tickets for the Gala include pupu, drinks, entertainment, and a live and silent auction. The silent auction items will include a rock climbing day trip, gift packages from local businesses, artwork, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates and more.

The Gala will feature performances by the Subpoenas (Jeffrey Oka '16, Winston Wong '16, ‘Olu Campbell '15) and Richardson’s resident DJ, Lezlie “DJ Ezl” Kiaha ’16. 

Tax-deductible donations for the silent auction may be made by email to APIL@HAWAII.EDU

Additional information about the organization is available by visiting www.APILATUH.com.

(Full photo caption) Mykie Ozoa ’17, in maroon sweater in front, was one of half a dozen law students from Hawai'i and the mainland who were 2015 summer interns with the Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.

For more information, visit: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/