Skip to main content

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.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

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

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 11.43.15 AM

Deputies fatally shoot man in Wright County

Police claim the man, who had allegedly been experiencing a mental health crisis, was armed with a knife.

Ambulance hospital emergency

17-year-old killed in northern Minnesota crash Saturday

The other drive involved in the crash, a 75-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries.

ATV

Alcohol a factor as driver rolls ATV into corn field, injuring 3

The crash occurred in Lake Lillian Saturday night.

Minneapolis police

Man dies after being found shot at Minneapolis' 38th and Chicago

Responders were called to the scene early Sunday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 6.34.12 AM

7 children arrested after 'disturbance' at Cabela's, escape in stolen vehicle

Employees called police saying the children were stealing goods from the store.

Screen Shot 2022-08-06 at 6.16.49 PM

Fire sparks evacuation from apartment building, man arrested for arson

Police and fire crews responded to the fire just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Flickr - utility pole power line

Morning storms cause power outages, ensuing problems in Eagan

There have been reports of disabled traffic lights and issues at local businesses.

kim crockett facebook sos

GOP nominee questions if those with disabilities, non-English speakers should be able to vote

Crockett made the comments in a 2020 radio interview following a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Pharmacy

Jury: MN pharmacist did not violate woman's rights by refusing her morning-after pill

Gender Justice, the advocacy group that brought about the lawsuit, says it will appeal the decision.

Screen Shot 2021-10-04 at 3.03.13 PM

Revival to close its original Minneapolis restaurant

Don't worry – it's bringing the chicken to its nearby BBQ joint.

Related

What you need to know about Trump's new immigration order

The executive order has implications for those planning on traveling to and from Minnesota.

Trump travel ban one of 2 high-profile cases the Supreme Court will review

A limited version of the travel ban will go into force ahead of the SCOTUS reconvening in October.

U of M helps spawn record number of startup companies

Discoveries by researchers at the University of Minnesota led to a record 12 startup companies in fiscal 2012, according to a news release. “The diverse range of disciplines represented in these 12 startup companies demonstrates what a valuable resource the University of Minnesota is to businesses in this state, and beyond," president Eric Kaler wrote.

University of minnesota sign

U of M gets $5M donation for new center to address racial inequality in healthcare

Using a donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the School of Public Health will work to address racial disparities in healthcare.

'Paint the Bridge' event sparks controversy among U of M students

For the second year in a row, political paintings were vandalized soon after they were completed.

Several, including state senator, at immigration protest

They were protesting a company they say has profited off of detention centers.

Evan Ng, University of Minnesota student suing the school over Title IX.

Student athlete suing U of M for cutting men's gymnastics team

The lawsuit says the decision was "sex-based discrimination."

'Unusual' 6 percent drop in international undergraduate applications at the U of M

International student applications have fallen at 40 percent of U.S. colleges, with some suggesting the government's harsher immigration stance could be behind it.