Two alumni from Brooklyn Law School have each donated $1 million to their alma mater to support student scholarships and public service programs.
Dennis Block, senior chairman of Greenberg Traurig’s global corporate, mergers and acquisitions practice and a 1967 graduate; and Jeffrey Feil, chairman and president of real estate company The Feil Organization Inc. and a 1973 graduate, both are longtime supporters of the law school.
“We are so fortunate to have two such distinguished alumni support our law schools,” said Joan Wexler, the school’s president. “Jeffrey and Dennis are always thinking of ways to help us. It is no surprise that in this era of increasing debt for our students, they reached out to support them.”
Block’s donation will establish the Block Judicial Intern Fellows program, which will support students who spend the summer interning with federal judges.
“One of the best experiences a law student can have is to intern for a federal judge,” Block said. “It gives a student an opportunity to study the judicial decision-making process and to build writing and analytical skills.”
Block’s name is already well known at Brooklyn Law School. He supported the founding of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and teaches mergers and acquisitions as an adjunct professor. Block has previously contributed to student scholarships.
Feil’s made his gift through the Charitable Lead Annuity Trust of Louis Feil, named for his father. The money will supplement $1.25 million that the Feil family donated last year to create the Gertrude and Louis Feil Scholarship Fund. The law school already has a 22-story residential building named after Feil.
“I am grateful for the training I received at Brooklyn Law School,” Feil said. “Every day I use the skills I acquired there to analyze complex real estate transactions. I want to help students take advantage of the opportunities the law school offers, just as I did.”
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