Levin Center at Wayne Law receives $200,000 grant

Wayne State University has been awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant to support the Levin Center at its law school.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation of Menlo Park, California, has awarded Wayne State University a two-year, $200,000 grant to support the Levin Center at Wayne Law.

The grant was awarded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation of Menlo Park, California under its Madison Initiative, which seeks to help create the conditions in which Congress and its members can deliberate, negotiate and compromise in ways that work for most Americans.

Launched in March 2015, the Levin Center at Wayne Law strives to educate future attorneys, business leaders, legislators and public servants on their role overseeing public and private institutions and using oversight as an instrument of change.

The center is named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator, who retired at the beginning of 2015 after 36 years in the Senate.
Levin serves as chair of the Levin Center and on the law school’s faculty as distinguished legislator in residence.

The center will use the grant funds for general operating support to educate legislators, their staffs, public servants, law students and attorneys on effective techniques to conduct bipartisan, indepth, fact-based oversight of public and private sector activities.

Through training workshops and videos, internships, academic programming and research, a news release issued by the school said the center will equip future leaders on federal, state, local and international levels with the oversight skills needed to produce meaningful bipartisan public policy outcomes.

“The tremendous response to the training sessions the Levin Center already has conducted at the local, state and federal levels, as well as the programs we’ve presented for law students, shows the great interest in how bipartisan, indepth oversight can have an impact on policy,” Levin said.

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