UH law school’s APIL fundraiser canceled 

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly A. Creamer, 808-389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Mar 17, 2020

The annual fundraiser sponsored by Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law has been canceled this year “due to concerns surrounding COVID-19,” according to Rebekah Ray, who spoke on behalf of the organization’s board.

The cancellation follows UH directives regarding large gatherings as well as recommendations by public health authorities.

The APIL Gala was scheduled for March 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Laniākea YWCA. The annual fundraiser is one of the UH law school’s largest public events of the year. APIL is both a law student and community-based organization.

While the fundraiser is canceled, Ray said the silent auction will continue at a later date.

“The silent auction, which will include all donations we received for the Gala, will take place at this year’s Rock for Justice event (date to be announced) and all proceeds will go toward APIL’s summer grant program,” said Ray in an email to the law school community. “Additionally, we plan to honor the same individuals at next year’s event.”

Ray said the organization has already provided a full refund for all those who had purchased tickets. The event attracts anywhere from 300 to 400 students, faculty and members of the general public each year. Proceeds provide grant funding for students who serve non-profit organizations over the summer.

APIL started in 1985 as a way for students at the William S. Richardson School of Law to put their legal training into practice. It has since assisted more than 30 nonprofit community organizations in support of Native Hawaiians, immigrants and the homeless, as well as victims of elder abuse, domestic violence and sex trafficking, and those in financial need.