Feb. 19, 1998
Vol. 17, No. 10

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    To the highest bidder:

    Glider ride, Bulls game, fun with Sunstein's dog One lucky bidder at the Law School Auction will soon be flying high in a glider with law student and pilot Scott Moore -- a prize that raised $250 at the event. Altogether, the annual auction raised $14,500.

    For the first time, the money raised will support two organizations: 75 percent will support the Chicago Law Foundation, a student-directed not-for-profit group that provides grants to law students who spend their summers working in the public interest, and 25 percent will help a community service organization in the Woodlawn community. Over the past six years, the auction has raised more than $70,000 to help South Side not-for-profit organizations.

    Also for the first time, the auction included alumni. About 250 students, alumni and faculty bid for the sometimes wonderful and often wacky items on the list. As ever, Richard Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School, kept the bidding lively as the auctioneer.

    This year brought high bids for some annually popular items, such as $80 for an afternoon with Bear, the dog of Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School. Also up for bid was an autographed copy of the Supreme Court brief for the Paula Jones case written by Provost Geoffrey Stone, the Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School, and David Strauss, the Harry N. Wyatt Professor in the Law School. The brief -- signed by Strauss, the writer, not President Clinton, the client -- went for about $300.

    A book of humorous verse written by Richard Craswell, Professor of Law, went for $100, and a Seinfeld last-show party by Ellen Cosgrove, Dean of Students in the Law School, went for $250. The highest bid? Five hundred dollars for Chicago Bulls tickets, donated by Andrew Rosenfield, Senior Lecturer in the Law School.