The Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) is a member of Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law), founded by law students in 1986 to provide equal justice to millions of poor and disadvantaged Americans. The goal of APIL is to encourage students to make a commitment to pro bono work or a career in public interest law and to help remove economic barriers that confront future public interest lawyers. APIL hopes to educate students about the inequities in our legal system and the opportunities of public interest work through educational programs, community outreach, and financial support. APIL's activities include an annual fund-raising auction that raises money for the fellowship program (stipends to George Mason law students who work in unpaid public interest jobs during the summer) and community service projects.