U of M Law School gets a record $25M donation to help MN's immigrants

The law school has recently been providing support to those affected by the government's travel ban.

The University of Minnesota Law School has received its largest ever donation – $25 million to go towards work providing legal help to immigrants and refugees.

The donation by the Minneapolis-based Robina Foundation was announced by President Eric Kaler on Monday. The money will help fund the Center for New Americans, which provides pro bono legal services for the 400,000 noncitizens and refugees in Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reports the center filed lawsuits on behalf of immigrant families and sent attorneys and students to MSP Airport in the wake of the federal government's travel ban issued on Jan. 27.

Kaler alluded to the current turmoil in his speech, saying there are "very few issues as pressing" in Minnesota and around the country as the "public policies about the fate of our immigrant and refugee communities."

"We at the University of Minnesota are proud to be leaders in seeking solutions and protections for immigrants and refugees, who are our neighbors, our co-workers and our friends," he said.

The center has three law firm partners – Dorsey and Whitney, Faegre Baker Daniels, and Robins Kaplan; and three nonprofit partners – the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and The Advocates for Human Rights.

The Robina Foundation was founded by the former Honeywell president James H. Binger, and the Center for New Americans will be named after him following the largest donation made to the law school in its 128-year history.

The charity previously donated $9 million to the law school in 2013, which helped fund the creation of the Center for New Americans.

Special announcement from the Law School.

Posted by University of Minnesota Law School on Monday, 6 February 2017

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