February 18, 1999
Vol. 18 No. 10

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    ‘. . . I got 60, I need 70, who’ll give 70?’

    By Jennifer Vanasco
    News Office

    The action was swift. Richard Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School and the evening’s auctioneer, rattled off numbers, asides and legal commentary in a constant patter:

    “I want 60, I got 60, I need 70, who’ll give me 70? Ms. Rao, how about you? 70, I need––I have 70, I need 80. Don’t look at each other, look at me. No price fixing.”

    By the end of this year’s auction, the student-run Chicago Law Foundation proved once again that dinner with a faculty member, a couple sets of sporting event box seats and an hour with Cass Sunstein’s dog can raise a lot of money––in fact, this year the total came to nearly $19,000.

    The annual Charity Auction, organized this year by Chicago Law Foundation board members and second-year students Omar Beer, Sally Moyer and Heather Nevin, gives stipends to Law School students who take summer jobs in public service.

    Twenty-five percent of the proceeds go to charities that benefit the Woodlawn community. All items were donated by faculty, students, staff, alumni, Chicago-area law firms and businesses nationwide.

    The highest bid? $1,450 for a dinner––with optional cigars––prepared by Jack Goldsmith, Associate Professor in Law, and Dan Kahan, Professor in Law.

    Other popular items included Armani ties donated by William Landes, Clifton R. Musser Professor in the Law School ($535); a parking spot behind the Law School ($550); a day spent at Epstein’s summer house ($800); and the chance to play chef for a day at Charlie Trotter’s ($650).