The University of Tulsa College of Law is launching a family advocacy clinic with a $1 million donation.

The endowment came from the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, itself started by former car rental industry executive Bill Lobeck and his wife Kathy Taylor, a trustee of the university, attorney and former mayor of Tulsa.

The newly established Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic will function under the umbrella of the law school’s Boesche Legal Clinic. The family advocacy clinic will provide legal services to at-risk families around Tulsa, according to the law school.

"Like Boesche, the new clinic will offer assistance to some of the most underserved and underrepresented among us — a noble effort indeed," university president Steadman Upham said. "From strengthening education, to eliminating domestic violence, to a vibrant support of the arts, Bill and Kathy have led by example in their dedication to creating better lives for all Tulsans."

The clinic will expand the law school’s existing services, particularly for women and children, Taylor said. Administrators anticipate that the family advocacy clinic will work with local social services groups, including behavioral health services organization Family & Children’s Services, drug treatment program Women in Recovery and Domestic Violence Intervention Services.

"This endowed gift will allow our students the opportunity to continue to make a difference in the lives of Tulsans who are in need, while also gaining invaluable legal experience," law dean Janet Levit said. "We are extremely grateful to Bill and Kathy for their continued support of our university and the Tulsa community."

Contact Karen Sloan at ksloan@alm.com.