The Robina Foundation has announced a $9 million pledge to the University of Minnesota Law School, to be divided evenly between the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and a new University of Minnesota Law School Center for New Americans.
The funding for the institute will build on previous gifts from the foundation, which helped establish the institute with a gift in 2011, while the support for the new center will augment the institute's work, enabling the latter to expand and accelerate research on sentencing law reforms that enhance public safety while reducing inequities, cost, and some of the burdens of incarceration.
The funding to establish the Law School Center for New Americans will support a collaborative effort that responds to the legal and social needs of diverse immigrant groups. To that end, the center will work with law firms and nonprofit organizations in the region to expand urgently needed legal services to immigrant communities and pursue litigation that leads to improved immigration laws. The center also will be home to a comprehensive immigration clinic, providing law school students with opportunities to gain experience in litigation, policy development and advocacy, and community outreach and education.
"We are immensely grateful for the ongoing support we've received from the Robina Foundation," said law school dean David Wippman. "This generous gift will help sustain the law school's reputation as an international leader in legal education and build on our history of public service and outstanding scholarship."