Robina Foundation’s new grant to Law School to support work of Sentencing Law and Policy program area

Posted Date: May 30, 2013

With receipt of almost $9 million from the Robina Foundation, the University of Minnesota Law School has received one of the largest gifts in its history. The gift will be divided evenly to support two Law School programs: the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and a new University of Minnesota Law School Center for New Americans, an immigration law center.

“We are immensely grateful for the ongoing support we’ve received from the Robina Foundation,” said Dean David Wippman. “This generous gift will help sustain the Law School’s reputation as an international leader in legal education and build on our history of public service and outstanding scholarship.”

The funding for the Robina Institute will build on previous gifts from the Robina Foundation, which established the Institute in 2011. The additional $4.5 million will augment the Institute’s work on criminal law reform. The gift from Robina will make it possible to accelerate and expand research and advocacy on sentencing law reforms that enhance public safety while reducing inequities, cost, and some of the burdens of incarceration. The University of Minnesota Law School’s faculty members are known nationally for their research on sentencing systems in the United States, and the effects of these systems on public safety, sentencing proportionality, racial and ethnic disparities, and imprisonment rates.

The Robina Foundation was created by James H. Binger (’41) shortly before his death in 2004 to fund forward-thinking projects and to encourage — at major institutions —  the exploration of new ideas and transformative approaches to critical social issues. The Law School, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Yale University were selected to receive major funding.

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