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Columbia Law School has received a $15 million donation from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation—a philanthropy established in 1978 by the late lawyer and real estate investor Jerome L. Greene and his late wife Dawn M. Greene.

The funds will establish new scholarships for students interested in public interest, academic, and government careers, and create a new clinical professorship.

“This pledge, for which the Columbia community is deeply grateful, significantly enhances access to Columbia Law School for the next generation of leaders and legal professionals through scholarships and critical core support for clinics,” said law dean Gillian Lester in an announcement of the donation Tuesday.

The Greene Foundation is a longtime supporter of Columbia Law School. It has given more than $40 million to the school, and its main building was named for Greene in 1990. The latest gift is the foundation’s largest to the Manhattan law school to date.

“With this gift, we hope not only to make a Columbia Law School education more accessible to the best and brightest students, regardless of background, but also to cultivate legal minds whose focus is to serve their communities and fight for social justice,” said foundation president Christina McInerney, who is the daughter of Dawn M. Greene.

The largest portion of the gift, $7 million, will establish the Greene Public Service Scholars program, which will furnish full-tuition scholarships to students who pursue government and public interest jobs. Another $5 million will create a matching scholarship fund that aims to prompt others to donate toward named, endowed student scholarships.

The remaining $3 million will establish the Greene Clinical Professorship.

Jerome L. Greene graduated from Columbia Law in 1928 and went on to become a founding partner of the law firm Marshall, Bratter, Greene, Allison & Tucker and a prominent real estate investor. He died in 1999, at age 93. Dawn M. Greene led the foundation from 1999 until her death in 2010. The law school awarded her an honorary degree in 2008. Altogether, the foundation has donated nearly $300 million to Columbia University.

“This gift affords our superb Columbia Law School students greater opportunities to pursue a public service path,” said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. “It also allows more of our students to participate in clinical offerings, while also strengthening the teaching and mentorship provided by our world-class law faculty.”  


Correction:  An earlier version of this story identified Christina McInerney as the daughter of Jerome L. Greene and Dawn M. Greene. She is the daughter of Mrs. Greene and the step-daughter of Mr. Greene.

Columbia Law School has received a $15 million donation from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation—a philanthropy established in 1978 by the late lawyer and real estate investor Jerome L. Greene and his late wife Dawn M. Greene.

The funds will establish new scholarships for students interested in public interest, academic, and government careers, and create a new clinical professorship.

“This pledge, for which the Columbia community is deeply grateful, significantly enhances access to Columbia Law School for the next generation of leaders and legal professionals through scholarships and critical core support for clinics,” said law dean Gillian Lester in an announcement of the donation Tuesday.

The Greene Foundation is a longtime supporter of Columbia Law School. It has given more than $40 million to the school, and its main building was named for Greene in 1990. The latest gift is the foundation’s largest to the Manhattan law school to date.

“With this gift, we hope not only to make a Columbia Law School education more accessible to the best and brightest students, regardless of background, but also to cultivate legal minds whose focus is to serve their communities and fight for social justice,” said foundation president Christina McInerney, who is the daughter of Dawn M. Greene.

The largest portion of the gift, $7 million, will establish the Greene Public Service Scholars program, which will furnish full-tuition scholarships to students who pursue government and public interest jobs. Another $5 million will create a matching scholarship fund that aims to prompt others to donate toward named, endowed student scholarships.

The remaining $3 million will establish the Greene Clinical Professorship.

Jerome L. Greene graduated from Columbia Law in 1928 and went on to become a founding partner of the law firm Marshall, Bratter, Greene, Allison & Tucker and a prominent real estate investor. He died in 1999, at age 93. Dawn M. Greene led the foundation from 1999 until her death in 2010. The law school awarded her an honorary degree in 2008. Altogether, the foundation has donated nearly $300 million to Columbia University.

“This gift affords our superb Columbia Law School students greater opportunities to pursue a public service path,” said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. “It also allows more of our students to participate in clinical offerings, while also strengthening the teaching and mentorship provided by our world-class law faculty.”  


Correction:  An earlier version of this story identified Christina McInerney as the daughter of Jerome L. Greene and Dawn M. Greene. She is the daughter of Mrs. Greene and the step-daughter of Mr. Greene.