SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

The bids are often as outrageous as the prizes at the annual Student Funded Fellowships Auction, but it's all for a good cause.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

Despite being held in the cavernous Honigman Auditorium, it was standing-room only at the 36th annual Student Funded Fellowships Auction.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

No SFF Auction would be complete without at least one spontaneous dance break.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

Auctioneer/Prof. Gil Seinfeld isn't afraid of using a little professor-pressure to raise the bids of his students.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

From the $1,250 bid to design a signature Zingerman's sandwich to the $2,200 that won a personal tour of the U.S. Supreme Court, guests held to the "bid high and bid often" advice of emcees.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

The evening was sweetened by the news that Michigan defeated Wofford College in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament. A chorus of "The Victors" followed.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

Michigan Law Dean Mark D. West urges guests to bid higher for "the most ridiculous thing you'll ever do in Law School," that is, attend a Miley Cyrus concert with him and Dean Z.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

It was easy to spot members of SFF by their maize-and-blue tuxedo T-shirts, a nod to the evening's glamorous "Great Gatsby" theme.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

Prof. Nick Bagley begs bidders to "think of the children." Which children? "Any children, just keep bidding!"

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

Prof. Michael S. Barr stops by to congratulate Prof. Robert E. Hirshon, '73, winner of SFF's annual A.W. Brian Simpson Memorial Award.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

No surface is safe from being turned into an impromptu dance floor at the SFF Auction.

SFF Auction, March 20, 2014

The auction raised just over $51,000 total, which included $12,350 in matching funds from The Wein Hirshon Charitable Foundation.

BIDDING WARS AND NINJA SKILLS  Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity going once ... twice ... sold! From tandem skydiving with Prof. Mathias Reimann to attending a Miley Cyrus concert with Deans Mark West and Sarah Zearfoss, '92, bidders at the Law School's 36th annual Student Funded Fellowships (SFF) Auction, held March 20, were not lacking unique items on which to bid. Between auction proceeds and matching funds from The Wein Hirshon Charitable Foundation, the event raised just over $51,000 total, which, holding with SFF's mission, will be used to provide grants to 1L students who take unpaid or low-paying public interest summer internships.

Read and watch more of the evening's highlights, including the moment when ninja Prof. Len Niehoff, '84, used his bare hand to break four concrete slabs in an effort to up the ante on his $1,200 "Warrior Bootcamp" package.

Photos by Elizabeth Kassab and Elizabeth Wight.

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