Southern University Law Center receives $10k donation for public protest symposium, course

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Southern University Law Center plans to hold a symposium on public protests and offer a similar course to its students, thanks to a $10,000 Cy Pres and match donation from the law firm of Rodney and Etter.

“The Law Center is privileged to be chosen to accept this donation,” Southern University Law Center Chancellor John Pierre said. “It is our duty to equip our future lawyer leaders and community members with the necessary tools to make an impact within society.”

This comes in the wake of the fourth anniversary of the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot to death by Baton Rouge police officers in 2016.

Sterling’s death prompted mass protests, and Rodney and Etter represented more than 100 protesters who were arrested in the protests, according to Southern University Law Center Director of External Affairs Jasmine D. Hunter.

The Cy Pres donation resulted from the DeRay McKesson v. City of Baton Rouge class action suit, in which protesters were exonerated and awarded damages from the U.S. Federal Court in Baton Rouge. The remaining funds were approved for the law center to put toward public interest work, Hunter wrote.

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