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The University of Pennsylvania Law School has a generous alumnus in construction mogul Robert Toll. Toll and his wife, Jane Toll, donated $10 million to the law school in 2006 to bolster its public-interest initiatives. On Monday, the school announced that the couple has pledged an additional $2.5 million to expand those programs and finance loan forgiveness for graduates who take public-interest law jobs. “This gift provides a new infusion of funds in the midst of an economic downturn that will provide the law school with additional means to increase our support for students and alumni pursuing public-interest careers,” Dean Michael Fitts said. Toll, executive chairman of homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc., graduated from the law school in 1966. Jane Toll graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate school of education that same year. “It is my hope that graduates of Penn Law will run public interest organizations and significant departments, agencies, councils, etc. of our government, bringing our uniquely educated students to positions of leadership in the near future,” said Toll in a written statement. The law school launched the public interest center in 1989 and renamed it the Toll Public Interest Center in 2006 in recognition of the couple’s initial donation. The new money will support a number of pro bono programs, public interest summer jobs for law students and the school’s loan repayment assistance program. “Thanks to the generosity of the Tolls, we have literally been able to double our student initiatives over the past several years,” said Arlene Finkelstein, the center’s executive director. “As a result, all students at Penn Law are able to engage in a wide range of meaningful pro bono opportunities that offer tremendous hands-on experience, while providing service to the community at a time of tremendous need.” Karen Sloan can be contacted at [email protected].

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