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Law School Clinic Receives Million Dollar Gift

A Philadelphia-based law school clinic is receiving a million-dollar donation to support students serving low-income residents of Philadelphia.
Drexel University’s Community Lawyering Clinic under the Kline School of Law received a $1.65 million donation last week from Drexel Law professor Gwen Stern and her husband Andy Stern, a partner at Kline and Specter law firm, The Daily Pennsylvanian reports.
“This gift will enhance Drexel’s impact on the community and support Kline Law’s deep commitment to social justice,” Dean Daniel Filler says in a press release. “In addition to providing critical support for Kline Law’s social action mission, this gift will be life-changing by helping to meet the legal needs of many individuals living in West Philadelphia. I am deeply grateful to Andy and Gwen for their generous support for the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic.”
The Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic gives law students the opportunity to serve as community lawyers for low-income individuals and families. The clinic also publishes reports to advocate for policies protecting the rights of West Philadelphians, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.
A New Staff Attorney
The donation will help the clinic hire a new staff attorney who will be responsible for overseeing the clinic’s work. Currently, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian, the clinic is staffed by students in Kline Law’s Community Lawyering Clinic externship course.
The staff attorney will help the clinic provide legal help for disabled individuals regain Social Security benefits and protect low-income homeowners from foreclosure.
“Andy and Gwen’s generous gift will allow us to realize the clinic’s full potential,” director Rachel López says in the press release. “Not only will it mean that we can provide more high-quality legal assistance to some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable, but it will also create new opportunities for innovations that will facilitate a more collective and holistic approach to legal problem-solving. I am truly honored for the CLC to bear the names of these two remarkable attorneys.”
Sources: The Daily Pennsylvanian, Drexel Law