By Katie VloetMarch 20, 2015
It takes a special sort of event for a law professor smashing six cement blocks with his bare hand to rank as only one of the highlights.
Add to the mix a gasp-inspiring surprise auction of the autographs of all nine Supreme Court justices who decided Brown v. Board of Education, and an esteemed bankruptcy-law expert bellowing a karaoke performance of "Sweet Caroline" along with students punching the air at the "bah bah bah" portion, and you'll have some idea of what makes the SFF Auction one of the highlights of the year at Michigan Law.
"It's not like this at other [law schools], let me tell you," auctioneer and Professor Gil Seinfeld told the admitted students in the audience who were on campus for the first of two Preview Weekends.
Indeed. The annual auction is a night of spirited revelry, and it's all for a good cause: SFF, or Student Funded Fellowships, raises money at the live and silent auctions to provide grants to fellow Michigan Law students who plan to work at public-interest jobs during their 1L summers.
In all, SFF raised more than $58,000—$45,000 in the live and silent auctions, and $13,500 in matching donations pledged by the Wein-Hirshon Charitable Foundation. The biggest single money-maker was the surprise auction item, the autographs of all nine Supreme Court justices who decided the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. The autographs, which were donated by David Chambers, the Wade H. McCree Jr. Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus, brought in a winning bid of $5,000.
"The auction was a huge success," said 3L and co-chair Kate Aufses. "We raised several thousand dollars more than last year, every cent of which will support students who are working in public interest this summer. Michigan Law's commitment to SFF's mission never ceases to amaze me."
Other big earners included:
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