Auction to benefit Pierce program

An auction to benefit Franklin Pierce Law Center’s Public Interest Coalition will be held March 25 at the Courtyard Marriott in Concord.

Last year’s auction raised over $40,000 to fund the work of 13 law students in unpaid positions with public interest organizations.

The Public Interest Coalition gives those selected fellows “the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations and government agencies serving the legal needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged clients, locally, nationally and internationally,” said Brigette Siff Holmes, director of the Social Justice Institute and auction adviser.

Among the year’s major donated items is a six-day photo safari in South Africa at Zulu Nyala’s private game reserve in Southern Maputaland, approximately two hours from Johannesburg. In addition, 20 percent of sales from the school’s current exhibition, “Prints of the Year: 2005,” will be donated to the auction. Organized by Parker Potter ’99, the exhibit will be on view through April 1.

The 2004 fellows worked with a wide variety of public interest organizations, including the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, the New Hampshire Legal Advice & Referral Center as well as public defender, legal aid and victim advocacy programs in New Hampshire and throughout the nation.

Tickets for the auction are $15.

Further donations to the auction are welcome. For more information, e-mail Holmes at

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