Official Launch of Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service

James Brett of the NE Council, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Law School Dean Alfred Aman, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, Phyllis Rappaport, Jerome Rappaport

12/11/2007

Suffolk University Law School officially launched The Jerome Lyle Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service on Dec. 11, 2007, with an opening ceremony featuring Attorney General Martha Coakley as keynote speaker.

The Rappaport Center was established to advance opportunities for law students and lawyers to engage in public service and to explore the intersection between the law and public policy.

Cultivating tomorrow's leaders

“The Rappaport Center allows us to cultivate tomorrow’s public policy leaders and encourage our most promising students to become innovators in public policy as  government attorneys, public interest lawyers or members of the bar undertaking pro bono cases and public service,” said Law School Dean Alfred C. Aman, Jr.

The Rappaport Center leverages Suffolk’s ideal urban location and long tradition of public service to create strategic, innovative and practical partnerships between academia and government around issues of law and public policy. It serves as a convening point for state and local policy-makers, policy experts, faculty and staff from other law schools and universities, and citizens interested in public policy, best practices and an improved civic fabric.

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service was created in 2007 through a $5 million gift from the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation and from Jerome and Phyllis Rappaport.

Positive impact on public policy

“The Rappaport Foundation strives to identify the leaders of tomorrow and give them the tools and experience they need today to positively impact public policy in our region and beyond,” said Rappaport Foundation Chairwoman Phyllis Rappaport.

The new Rappaport Center also will weave together and augment Suffolk Law School's other government, public policy, and public interest resources and initiatives, such as the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program and programs providing placement and career advice for students interested in pro bono and public interest work.

Advancing public service opportunities

“Committed legal professionals are in a unique position to help improve the everyday lives of citizens,” said Rappaport Center Executive Director Susan Prosnitz. “The Rappaport Center can and will be a national model for advancing public service opportunities for law students and lawyers.”

The Rappaport Center is home to the Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy. Since it was founded in 2000 the program has provided access to summer internships, educational programming, stipends and individual mentoring for 12 law students selected annually from among applicants from Boston's six law schools.

“Suffolk University has an outstanding record of producing graduates who engage in public policy work in legislatures, courthouses, and city and town halls across New England,” said Jerome L. Rappaport. “The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service will provide greater opportunities for young people to positively influence Boston and Massachusetts.”

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