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

Flickr -  Bank Plaze Nov 2020 - Chad Davis

US Bank employees won't return to downtown Minneapolis office next month

The company, citing COVID's resurgence, has pushed back its office return plans.

Katie Storm Twitter Bally Sports North - Aug 4 2021

MN native Katie Storm returning home for role with Bally Sports North

The St. Cloud State grad had worked for Fox Sports North before leaving for Philadelphia.

Flickr - Wisconsin State Fair cream puff - USDA

Free cream puff for people who get vaccinated at the Wisconsin State Fair

Get a shot, then head over to Cream Puff Pavilion for a free treat.

theodore wirth trailhead

Minneapolis parks now requiring masks in all indoor spaces

Anyone going inside recreation centers, ice arenas, and indoor spaces at pools must put on a mask.

Eric Reinbold - Pennington County Sheriff Aug 4 2021

At-large murder suspect was caught after triggering trail camera

Authorities had been searching for Eric Reinbold for nearly a month.

Flickr - toxic algae bloom - MPCA Photos

Climate change is warming lakes, leading to more toxic algae blooms

The MPCA says blue-green algae blooms are occurring all across the state.

vaccine, covid

Minnesotans can now register to get $100 for getting the COVID-19 vaccine

It's available for those who get their first jab between July 30 and Aug. 15.

Phillip Miller

Benton County prosecutor charged with sexual assault of teenager

Phillip Miller has been charged with varying levels of sexual assault charges.

Pixabay - pistol holster handgun

Permit-to-carry law doesn't violate 2nd amendment, MN Supreme Court says

A man charged with carrying a pistol without a permit argued it was unconstitutional.

covid

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, August 4

The delta variant has been leading to higher case counts and hospitalizations in Minnesota.

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.

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.

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.

Several, including state senator, at immigration protest

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

'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.

'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.

Update: Federal government responds to WA, MN lawsuit; arguments coming Tuesday

The federal government's response called the executive order a "lawful exercise."