Albany Law School today announced $20,000 in funding from the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation to augment the foundation’s existing scholarship fund for students at the law school and to underwrite the production of an educational video about the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center’s community services for use by local agencies, domestic violence shelters and other community partners, as well as alumni and prospective students.
The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation Scholarship Fund was established in 2008, and the foundation has contributed a total of $77,000 to the endowed fund, which annually provides $1,925 to a student interested in studying health law while gaining hands-on experience at the school’s Health Law Clinic.
The foundation also sponsored a Health Law Conference on “Surviving Survival” in July, focusing on legal issues that survivors of cancer and HIV/AIDS often face. The conference was attended by more than 80 people, including professionals and volunteers who work at local agencies, as well as survivors of these illnesses.
“The Health Law Clinic’s work fits well with our vision for the foundation, ensuring that the foundation’s money is put to use in a meaningful way to advance both the field health law and the future of young law students,” said Daniel Komansky, Esq., the president of the foundation and a 1982 Albany Law graduate.
The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, based in Melville, Long Island, focuses on education, services for children, Jewish philanthropic endeavors, and health care and research.
The Albany Law Clinic and Justice Center’s Health Law Clinic approaches cases through a model of collaboration between law students and medical professionals, which simultaneously helps to resolve legal disputes and improve health outcomes for clients. The Health Law Clinic served more than 60 clients last year.