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Public Interest Network

Be the Change that You Wish to See – Gandhi

All Welcome!



  • Local Apple Collection / Donation to Food Pantry 10/1
    • provide fresh produce to local families struggling to adjust to higher food prices 
  • Noon program with Cash Speaker on Climate Change 10/15
  • Symposium 10/27
    • co-sponosored by the Sustainable Development Law Journal
  • Silent Auction / Open Mic. Night 2/20


Students awarded PIN Grants gain first-hand experience working in crucial public interest programs.  They provide much needed staff support to an array of organizations serving the disadvantaged and addressing public interest issues.

Mail Contributions

  •  Public Interest Network Grant, C/O Sharon Wieman, USD School of Law, 414 E. Clark St., Vermillion, SD 57069.

Donate online

  • Select "Other" in the designation line on the form, and list "Public Interest Network Grant" in the comments section under "Payment Information."


Since Public Interest Network Grants were established in September 2007 by Prof. Burleson's 3 hour swim across the Missouri River, PIN's ongoing work includes facilitating peer and faculty feedback on public interest work; apple picking to provide fresh produce to the poor; helping draft Climate and energy laws; and working with such organizations as Dakota Plains Legal Services. Symposium topics include international climate change proceedings, tribal wind energy, and sustainable development.