Recent Announcements


posted Mar 13, 2012, 1:38 PM by Paige Foster   [ updated Mar 24, 2012, 7:51 AM ]

PILA is currently accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Board of Directors.  We need 15 fantastic, public-interest minded individuals to take PILA to new heights next year!  We are seeking people to fill the positions of: fundraising director, auction director, membership director, treasurer, alternative spring break director, disbursement director, and president.  The application is attached to this email. Applications are due Wednesday, March 28.  Interviews will be conducted Wednesday, April 4.  If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Matthews at

Brief bios of the current board are below. Board members encourage you to reach out if you have questions!

PILA Grant Applications Deadline and Interview

posted Feb 4, 2012, 5:20 AM by Paige Foster

PILA Grant Applications due in the PSC by Friday, February 10, 2012 before 5 PM. 

See instructions and download application at:

PILA’s Alternative Spring Break

posted Nov 15, 2011, 5:41 PM by Paige Foster

Alternative Spring Break is a PILA program that sends teams of students on public sector internships across the country during spring break (March 5-9). Gain valuable work experience and insight into public interest legal work in places as far as New Orleans and as close as right here in Charlottesville. ASB is a great opportunity to help those in need, to attain new work and life experiences, to make friends and to earn PILA grant hours all at the same time.

Applications are due via email to Kate Gilman ( by Wednesday November 30th by 5:00pm.

Applicants will be notified within one week.

PILA Grant Application Information Session

posted Nov 6, 2011, 7:08 AM by Paige Foster   [ updated Sep 24, 2012, 8:51 AM by PILA at UVA Law ]

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PILA Auction coming soon on 11/11/11!!!

posted Oct 12, 2011, 5:38 AM by Paige Foster

Last year's Mad Men themed PILA Auction was one of the most successful ever, with close to 750 students and friends in attendance.  Thanks to generous auction donations from business, students, professors, and law firms, this year is shaping up to exceed last year's success and hopefully set new records for attendance and money raised.
This year's PILA Auction will take place Friday, November 11, 2011, at Alumni Hall.  Highlights will include:
Cheaper drink prices!
More bars with shorter lines!
No drink ticket lines!
The silent auction will begin with online bidding the week on from November 7-10.  Auction tickets will be on sale in Scott Commons those same days, November 7-10.
For more information or to make a donation, please contact PILA Auction Director Michael Moskowitz at

Fundraising Committee Accepting Applications.

posted Sep 24, 2011, 7:42 AM by Paige Foster

The PILA board is accepting applications from 2Ls and 3Ls for the Fundraising Committee. 
Please complete the application by 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 27. 

Questions?  E-mail Ashley Matthews at

Welcome to our new 1L Reps!

posted Sep 20, 2011, 6:25 PM by Paige Foster   [ updated Sep 20, 2011, 6:31 PM ]

1L Pila Reps Group Picture

The Law School's 1L sections elected representatives to act as liaisons between their sections and PILA.
Welcome to our new 1L Reps!

Sign Up for PILA Grad Housing

posted Feb 16, 2011, 4:15 PM by Peggy Nicholson   [ updated Feb 16, 2011, 4:18 PM ]

PILA Grad Housing partners 3Ls who need graduation weekend housing for family and friends with 1Ls and 2Ls who can rent out part or all of their apartments and houses.  Housing providers keep half of the money they make, and donate half the money back to PILA!

To find out more, go to the Graduation Housing page.

2011 Fellowship Applications Now Available

posted Nov 22, 2010, 7:23 AM by Kristin Weissinger   [ updated Jan 19, 2011, 10:20 AM ]

Applications for Summer 2011 Fellowships are due Friday, February 11, 2011 at 5pm sharp.  To download an application, click "2011 Application" under "Fellowships" in the menu on the left.  

Email PILA Disbursements Director, Kristin Weissiger (kw2ed) with any questions or concerns about the application or the process.

Summer Fellowship Info Session

posted Oct 17, 2010, 7:58 PM by Kristin Weissinger   [ updated Nov 14, 2010, 3:49 PM ]

MISSED THE SESSION?  Here's what we covered.

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, Nov. 8

Noon - Bring your lunch! 


ALL students who are considering applying for a PILA Fellowship for summer 2011 are strongly encouraged to attend this sessionPILA is in the process of revising our grantee selection criteria and process.  At thisinformation session, PILA will release and explain new informationabout how grantees will be selected and who is eligible to apply.  PILA is committed to a transparent and fair process and is holding this meeting to make sure all applicants have accurate and complete information

Due to a large number of grants reserved for members of the Law and Public Service Program, PILA will award grants in one cycle in the Spring, rather than in two cycles (Fall & Spring) as in years past.  Please understand, however, that the Law & Public Service Program actually increases the total number of student fellowships; it merely delays the time frame in which non-program fellowships can be awarded.  Thus all 1L and 2L applications are due on February 11, 2011.  Since the deadline is only two weeks after we return from Winter Break, PILA is hosting this session in November so all applicants have information necessary to work on their applications over break.

 Information expected to be available at the session:

  • How selection criteria are weighted (i.e., interviews, hours, and essay and resume)
  • How your financial information will be used and to what extent financial need affects applicants' chances of getting a grant.
  • More detailed explanation of why PILA is only selecting grantees in the Spring instead of the Spring and Fall, and how guaranteed funding for Law and Public Service Program members actually increases the total number of grants.

What you need to know NOW to increase your chances of success in the Spring:

  1. 1Ls MUST have a minimum of 15 public service and/or pro bono hours to be eligible.  2Ls MUST have a minimum of 35 hours to be eligible. (for definitions of each, see PILA's Website)
  2. One criteria PILA considers in awarding grants is the number and quality of hours completed beyondthe minimum requirement.  For the purposes of this assessment, pro bono hours are considered more favorably than public service hours.  
  3. New:  Specifically, pro bono hours are weighted at 1.5 to 1 for each public service hour.  So 2 pro bono hours = 3 public service hours.  Weighting of pro bono hours does not effect the number of hours needed for eligibility purposes.  

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