|Robert Toll L'66|
"It's my hope that graduates of Penn Law will run public interest organizations and significant departments, agencies, councils of our government, bringing our uniquely educated students to positions of leadership in the near future," said Mr. Toll, executive chairman of the board of Toll Brothers, Inc., a leading builder of luxury homes.
Penn Law founded its public interest center in 1989 and renamed it the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) in 2006 in acknowledgement of a $10 million gift from the Tolls that enabled a significant expansion of activities.
A national leader in promoting public interest and pro bono legal service, Penn Law is the first top-ranked law school to establish a mandatory pro bono requirement and the first law school to win the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award. In promoting the culture of public service at the Law School, TPIC is a locus for extensive pro bono and public interest programs at Penn.
These programs include more than twenty pro bono projects in which students represent clients in a variety of fields and cases, including civil rights, environmental justice, family law, governmental practice, health law, immigration, international human rights, labor law, women's rights, and youth law. The Tolls support has enabled the Law School to double the number of pro bono initiatives.
Since the Tolls' initial gift in 2006, each year hundreds of students have received financial support through the Law School and TPIC for unpaid summer internships in the public sector.
This past year 60 percent of Penn Law 1Ls received such funding.
With the Tolls' most recent gift, the Center is now able to guarantee summer funding for students. The Center also provides funding for spring break service projects.
Penn Law provides its alumni who engage in public interest work loan repayment assistance through TollRAP. The amount