University of Minnesota gets funds for immigrant law center

The University of Minnesota Law School received funds Wednesday to establish an immigration law center and to support its current institute for criminal law and criminal justice.

The Robina Foundation pledged to give almost $9 million to the law school — one of the largest gifts in its history — to fund its Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and a new University of Minnesota Law School Center for New Americans, according to a Wednesday news release.

The immigration law center will address immigrant groups and their legal and social needs, according to the press release.

“The new immigration law center underscores the mission for the Law School’s clinics to address pressing societal needs,” Law School Dean David Wippman said in the news release.

Working with professional law firms and non-profit organizations, the law school is aiming to expand the necessary legal services for immigrant communities and improve the laws affecting immigrants.

“This generous gift will help sustain the law school’s reputation as an international leader in legal education,” Wippman said.

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