Suffolk University, which currently has an ad campaign boasting how many of its law-school graduates are Massachusetts judges, is ending its commitment to the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, which trains law students for careers in public service.
The news comes in a mailing from Rappaport Foundation Chairwoman Phyllis Rappaport today:
Suffolk University has recently communicated its inability to sustain its commitment to the Rappaport Center, Faculty Chair, and Rappaport Summer Fellows program. The university will release the endowment fund so we may continue the mission elsewhere. This change does not affect our Rappaport Institute programs at Harvard.
Rappaport writes the foundation will seek another local institution to take Suffolk's place in offering summer internships:
We are confident that we will find a new partner institution to continue the important work underway and to continue mentoring future generations of law students who aspire to public service. Scott Harshbarger, Chair of the Rappaport Center Advisory Board, will convene a small group of leaders from the advisory board and elsewhere that will help with the due diligence and decision-making needed to ensure a continuation of this work that is so beneficial to the Boston region and our Commonwealth.