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Stanford Law School Establishes the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law

Publication Date: 
March 14, 2007
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Stanford Law School

STANFORD, Calif., March 14, 2007—Stanford Law School today announced the establishment of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law.

The Levin Center will enable the law school to make public service a pervasive part of every law student’s experience and ultimately help shape the values that students take into their careers—regardless of ideology or political persuasion and regardless of whether they work as full-time public interest lawyers or work in business, a private law firm, or elsewhere.

“The whole notion of law as a profession is bundled up with the fact that it’s about service to others. That’s true of all aspects of law—both public and private,” explained John Levin, who with his wife Terry has committed $3.75 million to create the center. “It is essential for students to have early and frequent exposure to the meaning of public service as they develop their identities as lawyers. We’re pleased to support Stanford Law School’s efforts to make public service a central part of the school’s culture.”

Levin, an alumnus of Stanford Law School, is founder and senior counsel at Folger Levin & Kahn, and was chairman and managing partner from 1978 to 2006. He is also vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. Terry Levin, an alumna of the university, is a long-time Stanford volunteer who serves on the Overseas Studies Council, the Stanford Associates’ Board of Governors, and the Stanford Challenge Leadership Council.

The funding will enable the school to expand existing programs, including the pro bono program, a national mentorship network, career counseling and job placement, the Public Service Leadership Fellows program, faculty workshops, and newly established National Public Service Awards. The Levin Center will also offer new resources for students seeking jobs in non-traditional legal careers; a lecture series; and an annual conference for practicing attorneys that will promote national conversations about the future of public service practice.

The establishment of the Levin Center coincides with changes underway to Stanford Law School’s second- and third-year curriculum, part of a comprehensive plan to transform the JD into a multidimensional degree program that combines the study of other disciplines with team-oriented, problem-solving techniques and expanded clinical training. Accordingly, the Levin Center will offer new curriculum options, as well as seminars focusing on client relationships, impact litigation, and ethics and professional responsibility.

“The legal profession has a special role and responsibility in our culture and part of being a professional includes serving the larger community in some way,” said Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer. “By making public service experience accessible and relevant, we want to inspire every Stanford Law student to use the law as a tool for positive change—whatever career path they choose.”

“This extraordinary investment by the Levins mirrors the permanent commitment on the part of the university and the law school to imbue our students with a lifelong commitment to public service,” added Larry Marshall, professor of law, David and Stephanie Mills Director of Clinical Education, and Associate Dean for Public Interest and Clinical Education.

About John P. Levin

John Levin is founder and senior counsel at Folger Levin & Kahn, and was chairman and managing partner from 1978 to 2006. Mr. Levin earned degrees from Harvard University (BA cum laude 1969), Stanford University (MA 1970) and Stanford Law School (JD 1973), and served as law clerk to California Supreme Court Associate Justice Stanley Mosk from 1973 to 1974. Mr. Levin has been a member of the California Bar since 1973. Mr. Levin is involved in a wide range of community activities and serves on several boards. He is currently vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University, and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Stanford Law School.

About Terry A. Levin

Terry Albert Levin earned her undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford University in 1974 and master’s degree in physical therapy, also from Stanford, in 1981. She has been a long-time volunteer for Stanford and currently serves on the Overseas Studies Council, the Stanford Associates’ Board of Governors, and the Stanford Challenge Leadership Council.

About Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, and write books and articles for academic audiences, as well as the popular press. Along with offering traditional law school classes, the school has embraced new subjects and new ways of teaching. The school’s home page is located at www.law.stanford.edu.

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