Making public service possible: The Faegre & Benson Public Service Endowment

Diane Dube ’82, resident adjunct professor and director of Mitchell’s Community Development Clinic, works with students to improve the quality of life for St. Paul’s residents.

William Mitchell is ranked among the top U.S. law schools in public service law. Every year, students provide more than 15,000 of hours of pro bono and public service work to individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses.

Faegre & Benson has been a continuing supporter of Mitchell’s public service programs, and it recently made a significant gift to its Faegre & Benson Public Service Endowment. The endowment was set up at the college in 2001, and the firm recently made another $250,000 commitment, which will help the law school expand volunteer opportunities for students.

“I am proud of our long-standing commitment to public service, and I am grateful for the additional support Faegre is providing to our public service program,” said Eric Janus, William Mitchell’s president and dean. In addition, Faegre & Benson and its Foundation have partnered with Mitchell to host an event at the college featuring Esther Lardent, president of the Pro Bono Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center and a leading expert on public service. Lardent will speak on the future of pro bono work Tuesday, April 26