By Carla Meyer
August 1, 2019
Two nonprofit organizations have given UC Davis School of Law a total of $1.15 million to help fund additional staff attorneys and further serve immigrants through its Immigration Law Clinic.
Together Rising donated $900,000 it generated through a highly successful crowdfunding effort. The James Irvine Foundation granted $250,000 to the clinic as part of a larger campaign to assist immigrant families and communities.
The gifts followed a national controversy over reports of inhumane conditions at Border Patrol facilities where migrant children are detained.
“UC Davis School of Law greatly appreciates the support and confidence of Together Rising and the James Irvine Foundation,” said Kevin R. Johnson, dean of UC Davis School of Law. “Our amazing Immigration Law Clinic will have much-needed resources to provide legal assistance to immigrants in dire circumstances.”
The Together Rising gift will fund two Immigration Law Clinic legal fellows for three years. The Irvine Foundation grant will support the overarching work of the clinic, including efforts by lecturer Holly S. Cooper ’98 and clinic fellows and students to ensure compliance with the Flores settlement, the 1997 agreement that established basic standards for the treatment of juvenile migrant detainees. Cooper is an attorney on the Flores case.
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