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Marquette University Law School has received a $51 million gift that it will use to build a new school facility in Milwaukee, Wis. Making the donation were Raymond and Kathryn Eckstein, who met at the school. Raymond, a shipping magnate, graduated from the law school in 1949, the same year Kathryn received her bachelor’s degree in speech from Marquette University. The initial estimate is $80 million for the new 180-square-foot facility, which will be named for the Ecksteins. The school, a Catholic Jesuit institution, plans to raise the remaining money necessary for construction by year’s end. The gift to Marquette law school, the biggest ever made by individuals to a college or university in Wisconsin’s history, far exceeds other notable donations to law schools made recently. In March, the Wasserstein family gave $25 million to Harvard Law School. (Bruce Wasserstein is the chairman of ALM, the parent company of The National Law Journal). Last year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave $33 million to the University of Washington School of Law.

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