In order to provide and fund summer grants to law students working in public interest legal areas, Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project spends much of the school year engaged in fundraising efforts. These efforts include Payback, the Halloween Party, and the Annual Auction and Dinner.
This year G.P.I.L.P. awarded seven grants totaling $24,000.
Of the seven grants, five were full grants of $4,000 and two were half grants of $2,000. Full grant recipients must work at least 40 hours per week for 10 weeks for a total of 400 hours during the summer. Half-grant recipients must work a total of 200 hours during the summer.
This year the applicant pool was very competitive and included many well qualified applicants. These students were awarded grants for the summer of 2008:
- Charles Quackenbush – Unemployment Law Project, Spokane
- Jeff Bornholdt – Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Spokane
- Justin Du Bruille – Spokane County Public Defenders Office
- Steven Rush – Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, Detroit, Michigan/Washington D.C.
- Christopher Church – Youth Law Center, San Francisco, California
- Fabienne Santacroce – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Washington D.C.
- Courtney Lyon – Attorney General’s Office of Spokane