The leadership of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University announced the creation of a Senior Law Clinic to serve legal needs of low-income senior citizens in the greater Raleigh region. The clinic, which will offer substantive client experience for students and a valuable community service, is slated to open during Campbell Law School’s 2009-2010 academic year.
Progress Energy has committed $150,000 to Campbell Law School’s Campaign for Raleigh to help launch the Senior Law Clinic. This contribution from Progress Energy is also the first significant match to a million-dollar challenge grant issued by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, led by Jim and Barbara Goodmon, in September 2008. The Fletcher Foundation pledged $1 million to the Campaign on the condition that an additional million is secured for clinical programs.
“We are extraordinarily grateful for this major commitment from Progress Energy,” said Dean Melissa Essary. “Having the support of one of Raleigh’s bedrock corporations is significant to our efforts. This clinic will make a tremendous difference in the lives of low-income seniors and their families.”
The Campbell Senior Law Clinic, to be led by an attorney who specializes in elder law, will assist low-income seniors who might not otherwise be able to afford the services of a lawyer. The clinic will focus on issues such as simple wills, power of attorney and advanced directives, guardianship, abuse and neglect, housing, consumer fraud and other significant concerns. Cases will likely be generated from direct referrals, as well as through a partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina.
“We look forward to working with Campbell Law and its students and faculty to serve an important and sometimes overlooked group throughout Raleigh and the Triangle. Progress Energy strives to support organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and customers live and work,” said John McArthur, executive vice president at Progress Energy.