Fletcher Foundation gift establishes public interest law fellows program

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School Interim Dean Keith Faulkner announced today that the law school has received a $50,000 grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation (AJF) to aid students serving underserved members of our community. The A.J. Fletcher Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows program will provide stipends for students who take unpaid summer internships in the area of public interest law.

“One of the driving forces of Campbell Law is service,” said Faulkner. “We view the practice of law as a calling to serve others, and this generous gift from the Fletcher Foundation will do wonders for our students with a vested interest in helping members of our community,” said Faulkner.

The A.J. Fletcher Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows program will afford students the opportunity to gain real world experience and enjoy a more broad commitment to the values of social justice. The assistance provided by the program will also better position students to learn and work through the challenges underserved citizen’s face in obtaining legal resources.

“We are immensely proud of our long-term partnership with Campbell Law School and excited to expand our support with this new program,” said AJF Executive Director Damon Circosta. “The public interest fellows will provide critical support to this community and will play a vital role in our ongoing mission to help organizations solve social and community problems across the state.”

A long-time supporter of the law school, AJF has served as the key benefactor in establishing the Goodmon Clinic at Campbell Law, which houses both the Juvenile Justice Project and the Senior Law Clinic.

The mission of AJF is to support nonprofit organizations in their endeavors to enrich the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina. To achieve this, AJF partners with nonprofit organizations that recognize and solve social and civic problems and provides resources to advance big, bold ideas.