GPILP (Public Interest Law)

What is GPILP?

The Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1989 to raise funds in support of public interest work. GIPLP awards grants to GU Law students working in unpaid summer internships in public service organizations, including non-profit legal aid firms, government departments and pro-bono firms.

GPILP’s vision is to “Make public service possible by empowering Gonzaga law students to serve the public interest and provide Gonzaga law students with opportunities to enhance their legal education through service.”

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Annual Activities

  • Payback! - get payback on your professors in this faculty trivia game show, hosted during the fall semester.
  • GPILP Auction - join GPILP for an evening of fine dining in the beautiful Hemmingson Center ballroom. Featuring both a live and silent auction, patrons can bid on items donated by local businesses and members of the GU law community.
  • GPILP Hero Award - Every year, GPILP honors an outstanding member of the legal community for their passion and commitment to law in public service. Candidates for the Hero award are nominated by GU students and faculty. The award is presented at the annual charity auction.
  • Grant Awards - during the late spring semester, student who have secured an unpaid summer position working in public service may apply for a grant from GPILP.

2018 Summer Grant Program

Erik Birnel

Amanda Kaplan

Angela O'Meara

Taylor Schaefer 

Membership Fees

There are no membership fees.

Board Members

President: Eric Geiger

Vice-President: Erik Birnel

Secretary: Simone Hanson

Treasurer: Taylor Burkett

Auction Chair: 

Payback! Chair: Annie Marggraf

Media Chair: Taylor Schaefer

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