Here are the 2019 PIA Summer Fellows!
The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest is a non-profit organization which funds summer fellowships for WVU College of Law students at public-interest entities throughout the state. Since its inception in 1987, the Fund has sponsored hundreds of Fellows in furtherance of its twofold mission: to enhance the quality of legal services afforded low-income West Virginians, including children, the elderly, and victims of domestic violence; and to help students achieve a deeper appreciation for the importance of public-interest work.
This summer we have funded 25 law students to work 10 weeks, full time, in public interest organizations around the state! We are able to do that because of generous donors like you. In October of 2019 we will fund two law students to work full time for one year in public interest organizations around the state. Thank you for helping us serve low income West Virginians who are in dire need of legal services.
The Fund awards PIA fellowships annually to West Virginia College of Law students through a competitive selection process. Since its inception, over 350 students have received fellowships at public interest organizations. These include Legal Aid of West Virginia, Senior Legal Aid of West Virginia, Mountain State Justice, the Public Defender’s Office, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, ACLU of WV, Disability Rights of WV, and ChildLaw Services, Inc.
The PIA is a student organization at the WVU College of Law that works closely with the Fund to help facilitate the candidate selection process. This organization supports the fund by conducting fundraising activities throughout the year, including raffles, online textbook sales, a benefit concert each semester at 123 Pleasant Street, and the annual Spring Auction.