Progress Energy gift to help build law clinic

RALEIGH, N.C. — Progress Energy, a Raleigh-based utility company, committed $150,000 to build the Senior Law Clinic, an initiative by the law school at Campbell University to provide legal services to low-income senior citizens in the Raleigh area.

The clinic, which is slated to open in the 2009-10 academic year, will assist underserved clients while providing needed training to students at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

The gift was the first significant match for a $1 million challenge grant awarded in September 2008 by the Raleigh-based A.J. Fletcher Foundation, which publishes the Philanthropy Journal.

The clinic, through a partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina, aims to provide guidance on issues such as wills, power of attorney, abuse and neglect, housing and consumer fraud.

“It will be extremely important for our students to have opportunities to gain practical experience in serving real clients with real needs,” Bryan Boyd, assistant dean for academic affairs at the law school, says in a statement. “Campbell Law plans to be an active member of the Raleigh community by helping the underserved.”

The law school at Campbell University, which plans to relocate to downtown Raleigh from Buies Creek this fall, says it has held the record on bar-exam performance among North Carolina law schools for the past 20 years.

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