When Eldon “Took” Crowell, the legendary government contracts attorney who led the 1979 schism of Jones Day's Washington office that begot Crowell & Moring, died in May, one of the attributes recalled most often by those who knew him was his work on behalf of at-risk youth in Washington. He was an active supporter of organizations and programs that helped children avoid falling through the cracks.
In honor of that legacy, Crowell & Moring has partnered with the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law to launch the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth. The new institute will be designed to build upon the law school’s Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic by providing three legal clinics and law reform advocacy programs designed to help at-risk youth receive an education and become productive members of society.
To help launch the institute, Crowell provided the law school with a $675,000 grant in Took Crowell’s memory that will be paid out over six years. “We decided in the wake of Took’s passing that we wanted to have an impact on at-risk children because that was one of the things he was most devoted to,” said Kent Gardiner, chairman of Crowell. “We saw this as a way to address an unmet need in Washington.”
The institute is expected to provide more than 10,000 hours of pro bono representation by law students supervised by attorneys from Crowell and the law school to youth in the community each year. The institute provides for two full-time supervising attorneys to spearhead cases ranging from school discipline matters to Medicaid advocacy. It will be managed by executive director Joseph Tulman, a UDC law professor who focuses on special education and juvenile justice, and overseen by an advisory board that will include Crowell attorneys as well as other community leaders.
Katherine Broderick, dean of the David A. Clarke School of Law, said in a written statement, “The Took Institute will allow us to work with children, the schools, and the justice system to change the trajectory of a child’s life through early intervention. Our hope is that this approach of direct representation and policy advocacy will help the District’s at-risk youth and serve as a model for other communities going forward."
On Nov. 30, the law school will host an induction ceremony to mark the official launch of the institute.