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$10M Gift to Northwestern Comes Without Strings Attached
The National Law Journal
Northwestern University School of Law will have more leeway to experiment with curricular innovations because of a $10 million donation.
Alumnus J. Landis “Lanny” Martin and his wife, Sharon, gave the money without restrictions. Law school leaders earmarked the gift for finding ways to improve legal education and “enhance the student experience.”
“We are deeply grateful for Lanny’s longtime generosity, support and counsel,” dean Daniel Rodriguez said. “Lanny is an outstanding leader in law and industry, and his experiences exemplify the eclectic, entrepreneurial careers that our law school prepares our students to undertake.”
Martin, who graduated from the law school in 1973, is the founder and manger of Denver-based private equity firm Platte River Equity. Before that, he was the chief executive officer of titanium supplier Titanium Metals Corp. and chief executive officer and president of special chemical producer NL Industries Inc. Martin also was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.
He serves on the board of directors of Halliburton Co. and Crown Castle International Corp., among others.
The Martins have been longtime donors to Northwestern, and in January committed $15 million to a Northwestern campaign to support athletic programs and recreation.
“Lanny and Sharon are great friends, and their generosity and support have benefited Northwestern in so many ways,” Northwestern President Morton Schapiro said. “Their latest gift will be critically important in advancing the law school.”