The Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL) is a student-run organization at the University of Maine School of Law. Public interest law is the practice of law in areas that serve the general public, from nonprofit legal aid organizations to governmental agencies.
The association has three goals: (1) to encourage student engagement in one of many diverse, volunteer legal opportunities during the school year and summer; (2) to encourage students to pursue careers in public interest; and (3) to promote the ethic of pro bono work.
MAPIL seeks to achieve these goals by hosting events at the law school throughout the school year to provide information to students about public interest opportunities. Events include lunchtime lectures by local attorneys working in areas of public interest as well as student panels, which allow students who have already gained experience in public interest either over the summer or during the school year to share their experiences.
The organization also hosts an auction each spring to raise money for MAPIL Fellowships, which are awarded to students who accept otherwise unpaid positions in areas of legal public service over the summer. This spring, the 2017 MAPIL Auction and Alumni Cocktail Reception will be held on Thursday, April 6th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.