The Family Violence Clinic at the University at Buffalo Law School has received $140,000 in state funds to expand its work in New York's Eighth Judicial District, UB officials announced.
The funds comprise a $70,000 member item from State Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, and a $70,000 "STOP Violence against Women" grant from the state's criminal-justice department.
The aid will allow the clinic to serve as a regional resource center offering technical assistance and training to various government agencies and community-based organizations.
The clinic has joined with UB's Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth in the cooperative venture.
The clinic, directed by Suzanne E. Tomkins, provides legal support for victims of domestic violence. Law students, working under faculty supervision, gain hands-on experience.