Philanthropy is vitally important to the future of the University of Chicago Law School. As gifts to the campaign are publicly announced, they will be added below.
David M. Rubenstein, ’73, has renewed his commitment to the University of Chicago Law School’s Rubenstein Scholars Program with a $13 million gift that will provide nearly 60 full-tuition scholarships for outstanding students in the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Law School Launches the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Program in Behavioral Law, Finance and Economics
Funded by a generous commitment from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the University of Chicago Law School has fortified its position at the forefront of the study of law and economics with a new program designed to bring insight and thinking from the growing field of behavioral economics to the study of corporate governance and finance.
The University of Chicago Law School has partnered with Jenner & Block to launch a new clinic that gives students the opportunity to work with experienced litigators on US Supreme Court and federal appellate cases, adding a new layer to the Law School’s clinic offerings and underscoring a commitment to providing high-level, real-world experience.
A generous bequest from Mark Claster Mamolen, ’77—one of the largest unrestricted endowments that the Law School has ever received—is funding new and important initiatives that are consistent with his lifelong values and interests.
The Howard G. Krane Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Business has been created by an endowment from Mr. Krane’s daughters—Hilary Krane, ’89, and Marie Krane—and their families.
A $1 million gift from Roger Orf, JD’79, MBA’77, and his wife, Lisa T. Heffernan, MBA’80, will provide scholarships for financially disadvantaged students who have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishments.
Through a fund created by Chuck Wolf, ’75, his son Pete Wolf, ’10, and Pete’s wife Erin Wagner Wolf, ’10, the Law School offered to add $40,000 to the class’s gift if 76 percent of the class’s students gave something toward the campaign.
A gift made by Jonathan Mills, ’77, as trustee of a charitable trust, will benefit the Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. To be expended at the discretion of the clinic’s director, the gift provides funds for activities that support the clinic’s mission, which might include obtaining expert consultation, underwriting student travel for site visits and client interactions, and covering other litigation costs.
A bequest from Arthur Kane, AB ’37, JD ’39, and his wife, Esther, will support the funding of two positions, a research chair and a teaching chair. The Arthur and Esther Kane Research Chair and the Arthur and Esther Kane Teaching Chair will be faculty members who have demonstrated expertise in constitutional law and/or administrative law.
A bequest commitment from Leland Hutchinson, ’73, and his wife, Jean Perkins, will create the Ronald G. Carr Memorial Scholarship Fund. It is anticipated that the fund will provide three-year full-ride scholarships for its recipients.
Daniel Levin, AB ’50, JD ’53, and his wife, Fay Hartog Levin, have made a substantial unrestricted gift to the Law School, partly in the form of current funds and partly as a bequest. In recognition of their gift, the reflecting pool in the Law School quadrangle has been named the Levin Reflecting Pool.
Penny, Tony, and J. B. Pritzker have made a $3.5 million gift to endow the Donald N. Pritzker Professorship in Law in honor of their late father, a distinguished 1959 Law School alumnus and a founder and former president of the Hyatt Corp. The professorship will recognize faculty eminence in the area of business law, with a particular focus on entrepreneurialism, intellectual property, and technology.
Barry, JD ’79, MBA ’80, and Jan Rock Zubrow have made a $3 million gift that will further strengthen the Law School’s business programming by endowing a visiting professorship in business and providing scholarships that will help attract top students.
The Kirkland & Ellis Foundation, its partners, and Law School alumni have made a gift nearing $5.5 million to endow a fund to support the Law School’s Corporate Lab, strengthening the firm’s enduring ties with the school and underscoring a shared commitment to helping students build practical skills in transactional law. The program has been renamed the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab.
Barbara J. Fried (née Vogelfanger), ’57, AB’54, has created the Mark and Barbara Fried Fund for Public Interest in the Law School.
A gift from Leslie Bluhm, '89, and her husband David Helfand has further strengthened the Law School's already-extensive business and entrepreneurship training for its students.
Gifts from Thomas Cole, ’75, and the Sidley Austin Foundation have created the Thomas A. Cole–Sidley Austin Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Business Law.
Adam Silver, ’88, has made a significant unrestricted gift to the Law School. His current gift is just one way that he gives back to the Law School—he led last year’s annual fund campaign, and he serves on the Visiting Committee.
A substantial gift from James C. Hormel, ’58, will provide a three-year full-tuition scholarship each year to an entering student who has demonstrated a commitment to public service.
The Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative: Translating a Successful Booth Class to the Law School
Through the generosity of Scott, JD/MBA ’85, and Kathleen Kapnick, ’84, the Law School is introducing a bold new leadership development program.
The new Doctoroff Business Leadership Program will train Law School students to lead in business, just like Dan Doctoroff, ’84.
A substantial gift from David Kreisman, AB ’60, JD ’63, and his wife, Susan, has led to the creation of a program that will support teaching and research in housing law, policy, and finance.
A generous endowment gift to the Law School from Steven B. Feirson, ’75, has led to the creation of the Steven Feirson Distinguished Lectureship.
Renewing a commitment to providing full-tuition scholarships that he made three years ago, David M. Rubenstein, ’73, has given the University of Chicago Law School an additional $10 million to continue the Rubenstein Scholars Program.
Debra Cafaro, ’82, Chairman, CEO of Ventas, Inc., Creates Full-Tuition Scholarships for Students with Significant Need
Debra A. Cafaro has made a $4 million gift to provide full-tuition, three-year scholarships to 22 students over the course of nine years. The Cafaro Scholarships will enable at least three students with financial need each year to obtain a legal education with no debt.
Dr. Richard Sandor and his wife Ellen are the principal donors to a $10 million endowment in law and economics, made in honor of Richard’s mentor, Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase.
Thanks to the $1 million gift, the David and Laureine Greenbaum Distinguished Visiting Professorship will bring one Israeli scholar to the Law School each year for at least one academic quarter.
The clinic is named for James and Wendy Abrams, in recognition of their support of the University and their dedication to legal and environmental issues.
David M. Rubenstein has never forgotten the importance of the full-tuition scholarship he received to attend the University of Chicago Law School and the difference it made in his life.
Throughout his remarkable career Daniel Kearney '65 has shown exceptional generosity to the Law School, which he describes not as generosity but as the repayment of a debt that takes several forms.
The Ranney Family Fund will be used for stipends, loan forgiveness, and other support for students and graduates who pursue careers or summer employment dedicated to the public interest.