Partnerships for the Public Good
The University serves society directly as well as through its research. The School of Law received a $150,000 grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund to develop the Access to Justice Partnership. This partnership with the local bar association, the Legal Aid Justice Center, and the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society will strive to meet the legal needs of low-income residents in central Virginia. Some seventy-five private attorneys and seventy-five law students are expected to provide pro bono services through the Access to Justice Partnership.
In another partnership, the Tayloe Murphy Center at the Darden School and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies teamed with the Danville Regional Foundation to offer a Certificate in Entrepreneurship program. Using the Darden School's case study method, the five-day course highlights the issues faced by successful Virginia-based businesses. There are plans to offer the program in Wise, Virginia.