A recent $2.4 million gift from the Lipman Foundation will establish a permanent endowment at the University of Richmond School of Law to support the Jeanette Lipman Legal Clinic for Families and Children. 

“This generous gift will have a lasting impact, not only on our students but on the local community, as well,” said Wendy Perdue, dean of Richmond Law. The Jeanette Lipman Legal Clinic for Families and Children provides pro bono services to indigent families who might not otherwise be able to afford legal representation. Students in the clinic represent clients, under the supervision of a faculty attorney, in such domestic relations matters as custody, adoption, domestic violence, and child dependency cases.

“The students are making a real difference for their clients,” said Perdue. “And at the same time, they’re receiving an exceptional hands-on education, while developing and practicing their legal skills with their clients.”

Jeanette Lipman was a local philanthropist and longtime supporter of the Law School. Earlier gifts established and sustained the Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic that has successfully served families in need since 2007. She died on January 10, 2017.