Cunningham Swan marks 125th year with gift to the Queen’s Law Clinics

Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP will mark its 125th anniversary with a $125,000 donation to the Queen’s Law Clinics.

Cunningham Swan marks 125th year with gift to the Queen’s Law Clinics
Karla McGrath is executive director of Queen’s Law Clinics.

Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP will mark its 125th anniversary with a $125,000 donation to the Queen’s Law Clinics.

 

According to a statement from the Kingston-based law firm, the gift amounts to a thousand dollars for every year it has been in existence, furthering its long history of giving back to the local community.

 

The symbolic gift will be turned over to the recipient a private event on June 18, to be held at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts.

 

The Queen’s Law Clinics have been a vital part of Queen’s Law for almost fifty years, providing pro bono law services to members of the Kingston community, especially those from marginalized sectors. The clinics handle over 1,200 files annually, with more than 200 students participating. This provides vital legal services to the community and, at the same time, delivers valuable hands-on learning experiences to its students.

 

“This gift is a measure of the firm’s strong commitment not only to this community, but also to facilitating access to justice within it,” said Andrea Risk, managing partner at Cunningham Swan. “Our firm is thrilled to support the legal services that law students provide to the community through the Queen’s Law Clinics, and the excellent training that the clinics, in turn, provide to future lawyers. With this donation, we recognize our long-standing support of, and commitment to, the Queen’s Faculty of Law and the Queen’s Law Clinics.”

 

“This is an extremely challenging time for any agency that provides frontline services to the most vulnerable in our community,” added Karla McGrath, executive director of Queen’s Law Clinics. “Private support is becoming essential to the maintenance of basic services. And, while all support is important, this donation is especially meaningful as it comes from legal colleagues, who recognize the importance of our work and of our programs.”

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