More students at George Washington University Law School will receive scholarships because of a $1 million donation from an alumnus.

James Humphreys, who founded the civil litigation firm James F. Humphreys & Associates in Charleston, W.Va., said he endowed the scholarship fund as a way to give back to the law school that he called the “key to his career.” He graduated from George Washington in 1978 and now serves on its board of trustees.

“The education and encouragement I received at the law school enabled me to pursue a lifetime dream of helping consumers and victims,” Humphrey said. “I have been fortunate financially, and it is right and proper that I should pay back and support the institution that made my career possible.”

Humphreys’ firm has handled asbestos, medical device, defective drug, environmental pollution and accident lawsuits.

Dean Paul Schiff Berman said that Humphreys “gets it.”

“He understand that if we are to have a functioning democracy today, we need to take the long view and keep education affordable forever,” Berman said. “Jim is proof positive that philanthropy is not merely about money; it is about passion to change the world.”

This is not the first time that Humphreys has given money to his alma mater. In 2003, he financed a classroom and student lounge. Two years later, he gave $3 million to start the Humphreys Complex Litigation Center, which provides judges, public policy makers, lawyers and court administrators with information about complex litigation and alternative case management. That donation also established an endowed chair.

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