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Cal Western recognized for community service
for any official purpose or to use the ordinary communications channels at the college. After the suit was filed, Hastings offered to let members use meeting rooms and AV equipment on the same terms as outside community groups. But French UC HASTINGS is in the heart of San Francisco near the city's said the schools delayed approval for Civic Center, just minutes from local, state and federal courts. use of space until meeting dates had F French, senior counsel with the Alli h i l i h h Alliance passed. Defense Fund of Columbia, Tenn., which The Christian Legal Society at Hastings as been coordinating attorneys representing perhaps had 10 members and now is the Christian Legal Society in the suit. even smaller than that, French said. But “There are many of these cases, involv- Martinez said the society no longer exists ing these issues at universities, now going at Hastings. through the courts,” French said. “Quite “It is not the case that we have banned a few involve law schools. It was inevitable them from campus,” said Martinez. “They that one of them would come before the could still meet here, and any delays that Supreme Court. Nothing in particular occurred were those attendant to any about UC Hastings singled them out for normal bureaucracy. We believe that all special attention.” religions, races, ethnicities should have In its suit, the group claimed it no full access to membership in groups on longer had the right to meet on campus campus.”
California Western School of Law was added to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in recognition of the school’s spirit of service and volunteerism. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the President for the many ways in which the California Western family contributes to the San Diego community,” said Dean Steven R. Smith. Among these contributions are the Community Law Project, which offers students’ legal services to homeless and financially disadvantaged people in San Diego, and the Pro Bono Program, which engages students in pro bono service to non-profit organizations. Past recipients of the Honor Roll with Distinction include Duke University, Georgetown University, and Cornell University. Cal Western is one of just 16 institutions in California that received the President’s honor.
Starr Foundation gives gift of $20 million to NYLS
New York Law School has received a $20 million gift from the Starr Foundation for its “Breaking New Ground Again” capital campaign. The gift is among the top 20 largest gifts ever given to a law school. “The gift, which honors our esteemed alumnus, Maurice Greenberg, will be used to fund student scholarships and programs,” said New York Law School Dean and President Richard A. Matasar. These programs include handson projects where students can gain experience in financial services, business, public service and real estate. The gift comes in perfect timing, as the NYLS opened the doors of its new academic building on West Broadway just one year ago. In addition to expanding the campus, the law school intends to expand the availability of programs that facilitate hands-on legal education.