Maryland Carey Law creates student emergency fund

Because of the generosity of Maryland Carey Law alumni, the UMB Foundation, and AccessLex, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has created an emergency fund to help students in need during the COVID-19 crisis.  

“As the entire Maryland Carey Law community continues to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, students remain our top priority,” said Dean Donald B. Tobin, who is working and teaching remote classes from his home office during the public health emergency. “Many of our students are facing loss of income, food and housing insecurities, mental health concerns, and complicated family situations. We are committed to helping them however we can.” 

Moreover, thanks to the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, gifts of $25 to $1,000 will be matched dollar for dollar through April 30, 2020 or until donations reach $15,000. In addition, AccessLex, a non-profit organization that supports access to law schools and provides financial education to law students, donated an additional $25,000 to support the effort.  

Disbursement details have not yet been finalized, but Tobin emphasized that the law school administration is working to ensure that aid gets to students who need it most as quickly as possible. 

"We are grateful that the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation is offering this generous matching program to double the impact of donations," said Heather Foss, assistant dean of development and alumni relations. "This partnership can make a real difference for our students during this challenging time." 

Within a few hours of an email on March 31 alerting Maryland Carey Law alumni and friends to the fund, donation dollars jumped into the thousands, a testament to the supportive nature of the law school community. 

We’re all in this together,” said Tobin, “and we appreciate this strong support for our students in need.” 

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