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Major Milestones in the Public Service Program

1989
The Public Service Program was established. Penn Law becomes one of the first major law schools in the country to identify the importance and need for a mandatory pro bono requirement.

2000
Became the first law school to receive the American Bar Association Pro Bono Public Award in recognition of the public service program an award that only two law schools have ever received.

2003
Penn Law students gain international public service experience by partnering with the University of Havana Law School in Cuba to conduct legal and legislative research on issues relating to Cuban domestic law, human rights, and nuclear non-proliferation.

2006
The public interest center receives a $10 million gift from alumnus Robert Toll, L66, and his wife Jane to facilitate the expansion of the public interest scholars program and loan repayment program.

2009
On 20th anniversary of the Toll Public Interest Center, Public Interest Week was created, featuring the Sparer Symposium, the honorary fellow in residence, lectures on public interest law, and other Law School activities.

Two postgraduate fellowships created to support students who pursue public interest work after graduation.