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Creighton Legal Clinic Receives $100,000 Grant

Creighton Legal Clinic Receives $100,000 Grant

The Creighton University School of Law Community Economic Development (CED) Law Clinic has been awarded a five-year, $100,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for policy work on rural issues in Nebraska.

"The CED Clinic offers expertise in entrepreneurship and community development, particularly in rural areas where access to legal services is limited,” said clinic director Steve Virgil. “Kellogg's support will allow the Community Economic Development Clinic to work with leaders from around the Great Plains to develop and implement policies that serve Nebraska's rural communities."

Since its start in January 2005, the CED Law Clinic has served an average of 1,000 clients each year by delivering legal services, technical assistance and consulting services. The CED Law Clinic has helped to create or sustain more than 300 jobs in communities across Nebraska, while also serving Creighton University's mission of educating students for service to others.

The CED Law Clinic is committed to encouraging economic growth and stability within under-served communities in Nebraska, while providing third-year law students a clinical experience. The focus of the CED Law Clinic is on nonprofit organizations, micro-enterprise business and community-asset protection.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations." To achieve the greatest impact, the foundation targets its grants toward specific areas. These include: health, food systems and rural development, youth and education, and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these areas, attention is given to exploring learning opportunities in leadership, information and communication technology, capitalizing on diversity, and social and economic community development. For more information please visit the foundation's website at www.wkkf.org. 

posted 06/22/07