A weekend in the Catskills, a trip to Central Park Zoo complete with picnic, lunch with President John Sexton and Professor Arthur Miller to discuss the book One L, and a poker night with Professors Troy McKenzie and Oscar Chase were just a few of the items offered at the 18th Annual Public Service Auction on February 23.

Each year, the Public Service Auction raises money to provide grants to NYU Law students volunteering in public interest positions throughout the U.S. and around the world. Last year’s auction raised more than $100,000.

A silent auction began in Greenberg Lounge at 6:00 p.m., featuring autographed books, luxury jewelry and clothing, and lessons in everything from Olympic weightlifting to cupcake frosting. And for those eager to dine with their professors, lunch with Judge Douglas Ginsburg at the U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C., and a chocolate tasting with Professors Jennifer Arlen, Rachel Barkow, Katrina Wyman, and Florencia Marotta-Wurgler were also on the menu.

A live auction took place in Tishman Auditorium from 7:30-9:00 p.m., during which bidders vied for that One L lunch and the poker game with Hills and Chase, as well as dinner with Professor Andrew Schaffer and Commissioner Ray Kelly, a weekend at Professor Sylvia Law’s country home, and premium Delta Skybox tickets to a Yankees game.

During the final moments of the live auction, Dean Richard “Renoir” Revesz performed a live painting exhibition complete with audience participation. Bidders had the chance to win this one-of-a-kind painting for display as the centerpiece of any fine abstract art collection.

Posted February 23, 2012