Duke Law faculty and students review documents in a law clinic.
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New law clinic to give students opportunity for hands-on experience with criminal defense

The Barton Family Foundation has made a $2.5 million commitment to fund a Duke Law clinic that will train students to be leaders in ending racialized mass incarceration.

Duke University School of Law has received a $2.5 million commitment to launch a criminal defense clinic, James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean Kerry Abrams announced.

The new clinic, funded by the Barton Family Foundation, will provide Duke Law students with a hands-on, experiential learning course in the practice of criminal representation and train them to be leaders in ending mass incarceration and racial injustice.

“Ending racialized mass incarceration will require investments and efforts across the nation and in many different types of institutions. Duke University and Duke Law School provide the ideal home for an important part of this undertaking,” Abrams said.

“With the right policy and litigation strategies, supported by research in disciplines across the university, we can begin to turn the tide on the pernicious effect of racism in our criminal legal system. We are grateful to the Barton Family Foundation for so generously supporting the training of future justice leaders.”